Quintero: Real Madrid-linked River Plate star suffers ACL tear

River Plate star Quintero suffers ruptured ACL

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Colombia are set to be without Juan Fernando Quintero at the Copa América after he suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament.

River Plate playmaker Juan Fernando Quintero has suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, the Copa Libertadores champions have confirmed.

Suffered injury in weekend win over Independiente

Quintero sustained the injury, which is set to rule him out of Colombia's Copa América campaign later this year, during Sunday's 3-0 Argentine Primera División win over Independiente.

A brief statement released by River read: "After tests, it was confirmed that Juan Fernando Quintero suffered the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee. We are all with you @juanferquinte10."

The 26-year-old has been revitalised at River after losing his way during unhappy stints with Porto and Rennes.

Quintero earned a recall to the Colombia squad and impressed as his country reached the last-16 of the 2018 World Cup.

He secured a permanent place in the hearts of River fans with a spectacular goal to give Marcelo Gallardo's men an extra-time lead in their gripping Libertadores final triumph over bitter rivals Boca Juniors in December.

Signed new River deal last month amid transfer talk

Last month, Quintero signed a new River contract that increased his release clause from 22m to 30m euros, in the wake of speculation over a return to Europe that has seen Real Madrid tipped to swoop. He scored six goal in 16 top-flight appearances this season.