Double blow to Atletico Madrid in LaLiga title race, with Joao Felix again on the sidelines after an ankle injury and Kieran Trippier also forced out in a draw with Real Betis
- Joao Felix got hit on the ankle during a challenge from Aissa Mandi
- The 21-year-old attacker is likely to be on the sidelines for at least two weeks
- Felix had just recovered from an ankle problem during a World Cup qualifier
- Atletico Madrid also suffered the loss of Kieran Trippier with a low back injury
- Atleti’s lead in LaLiga has now been reduced to just one point with eight games to go
Atlético Madrid forward Joao Felix will likely be out of action for at least two weeks after halfway through the 1-1 draw against Real Betis on Sunday, according to Diario AS
The £ 113 million man was hit on the right ankle by home defender Aissa Mandi in the closing stages of the first half and had to be replaced after 48 minutes by Arsenal tenant Lucas Torreira.
The 21-year-old suffered a series of setbacks since moving from Benfica to Atletico in the summer of 2019 and had only just recovered from another ankle injury sustained during the World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg on March 30.
Joao Felix received a blow to his ankle in the first half from Real Betis center-back Aissa Mandi
The 21-year-old took off just after the break and will probably be out for at least two weeks now
Felix has so far failed to replicate his exceptional 2018/19 score under Diego Simeone, but has nonetheless racked up a creditable 19 goals in 69 games across all competitions.
Simeone now has a number of absentees during a crucial period of the season, with his team only one point ahead of city rivals Real, who have won just four of their last eleven league games.
Moussa Dembélé has not played since collapsing in training late last month, while England right back Kieran Trippier was also retired during the Betis with Felix with a lower back injury after a hit in the second half and was replaced by Sime Vrsaljko.
Marcos Llorente and club top scorer Luis Suarez missed the game due to suspension, but are now available again.
Kieran Trippier also had to be replaced during the 1-1 draw after a low back injury
Diego Simeone’s team saw a 10-point lead fall to just one point in 10 weeks
Simeone’s side have to hold out eight more games to win their first LaLiga title since 2014 and the next back-to-back home games against underside Eibar and fellow fighter Huesca for a tough journey to Athletic Bilbao.
Three trips then determine their fate, with the largest of all against Barcelona on May 9.