Antoine Griezmann is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering the first injury during his time with Atletico Madrid.
During his first spell at the club between 2014 and 2019, Griezmann was available for every game apart from one, which he missed due to a minor physical discomfort which had sorted itself out before the next game.
He managed 254 appearances for the club then and has added a further 21 since returning in the summer, with the only absence of Griezmann’s second spell at the club coming through suspension against Liverpool in November.
His hot streak is over as Atletico confirmed that Griezmann has damaged his right thigh which will keep him on the sidelines for a little white.
“Griezmann was forced to leave the pitch during Sunday’s game against Real Madrid. After undergoing an MRI scan at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra, he has been diagnosed with a muscle injury to the right thigh,” a statement read.
“The Frenchman will follow a physiotherapy treatment and readaptation sessions.”
There’s no mention of just how long Griezmann will be out for, but he’s an obvious doubt for Saturday’s trip to Sevilla and looks set to miss the meeting with Granada the following Wednesday.
After the winter break, Atleti will get back underway by hosting Rayo Vallecano on January 2, but there’s no guarantee that Griezmann will be back for that either.
Diego Simeone’s men are on a run of two straight defeats in La Liga, the last of which was a 2-0 loss to rivals Real Madrid, and they have lost four of their last eight in all competitions.
Not only will they have to try and end that slump without Griezmann against Sevilla, but Atletico will have to do without defensive trio Jose Giménez, Stefan Savic and Sime Vrsaljko, while both Jan Oblak and Koke will face late fitness tests.
Oblak and Koke missed the Madrid derby through illness and were not healthy enough to return to training on Tuesday, but there is still some hope that they could recover in time for the Sevilla clash on Saturday.