Atletico Madrid defender Mario Hermoso is likely to miss Sunday’s crucial La Liga game against Real Betis after the club confirmed on Wednesday he has an adductor injury.
Atletico will also be concerned about Hermoso’s availability for their Champions League match against Manchester United later this month.
The second leg of the last 16 will be played at Old Trafford on March 15 after the first leg finished 1-1.
Atletico play away at Real Betis on Sunday, with Betis sitting third in La Liga, one point ahead of Atleti in fifth.
“Mario Hermoso finished training on Tuesday with discomfort, so he did an individualised recovery session on Wednesday morning and, after being assessed by the medical services, radiological tests were carried out that confirmed the existence of an injury to the right adductor,” Atletico said in a statement.
Hermoso has been a key player for Atletico although he was on the bench for the first leg against Manchester United, with Reinildo Mandava and Renan Lodi preferred on the left side of Diego Simeone’s defence.