Atletico Madrid suffered a serious blow to their hopes for the title with the confirmation that the goal scorer Luis Suarez received a muscle injury in his left leg.
The club issued a statement Wednesday explaining that “after experiencing several problems in today’s training, he was subjected to tests by medical staff who confirmed the injury,” Xinhua reported.
Although the club said Suarez’s release time was “dependent on his progress”, he appears to have been out of action for at least three weeks. This would mean that he missed his visit to La Liga on Sunday to play with Betis (although he was stopped anyway for this game), home matches against Eibar and Huesca and another difficult away game for Bilbao Athletic Club. April 25.
Suarez has been vital for Atletico since joining FC Barcelona in the summer, scoring 19 goals in La Liga, which were crucial to bringing Atletico to the top of the table.
Atletico’s lead has steadily eroded over the past two months with the defeat in Sevilla on Sunday, leaving Diego Simeone’s men just one point ahead of FC Barcelona and three ahead of Real Madrid before Saturday’s Clásico between their two big rivals.