Atletico Madrid have confirmed Alvaro Morata has sustained a sprained ankle and is doubtful for Saturday’s showdown with Barcelona.
Since arriving from Chelsea on a two-season loan deal in January, Morata has shown flashes of his potential back at boyhood club Atletico and entered Tuesday’s La Liga clash with Girona on a four-match scoring run.
But the Spanish striker struggled to make much of an impact up front and wasted a big chance to extend his run up to five league games before being substituted for Juanfran in the final five minutes due to injury.
In Morata’s absence, Antoine Griezmann doubled Atletico’s advantage to seal a 2-0 victory against Girona after captain Diego Godin had put them in front.
However, tests on Wednesday revealed that Morata had picked up a sprained ankle and is now a big doubt for Atletico’s trip to Barcelona on Saturday.
A club statement read: “Alvaro Morata underwent tests at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra on Wednesday to know the exact extent of the injury he suffered in yesterday’s match against Girona at the Wanda Metropolitano and that prevented him from finishing the match.
“The medical report indicates that our player suffered an ankle sprain. The striker is pending response to treatment.”
Los Colchoneros will head over to Camp Nou this weekend knowing that anything less than victory will likely end their La Liga title hopes.
Despite closing the gap to leaders Barcelona down to eight points on Tuesday, time is beginning to run out for Atletico with just eight matches remaining for this season.
Now manager Diego Simeone, who vowed that Atletico will give it everything at Barcelona, will have to find a way to cover for Morata given that Diego Costa is also doubtful due to a hamstring injury.
Meanwhile, Thomas Lemar’s chances of making the team are slim right down due to a thigh problem.