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Atletico Madrid suffer Joao Felix injury blow in Valencia draw

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Atletico Madrid face an anxious wait for updates on Joao Felix after their recording signing came off in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Valencia due to ankle injury.

Felix couldn’t complete the full 90 minutes at the Wanda Metropolitano as Atletico Madrid dropped valuable points against Valencia. It was a disappointing end to what had been a decent performance from the 19-year-old.

Diego Simeone’s side couldn’t even name a substitute for the withdrawn Felix due to having already used up all three options. Therefore, they had to finish the final 10 minutes with 10-men.

Now, last season’s La Liga runners-up will do tests on Felix to understand whether he’ll be available for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen in Madrid.

“Joao Felix was taken off due to a strong right ankle twist,” read a club statement.

“He will undergo tests shortly.”

Atletico’s struggles up front, meanwhile, continued with the dominant hosts struggling to break down the Valencia defence. In the end, it took a first-half Diego Costa penalty for them to finally get that goal.

But Valencia emerged stronger after the break and piled the pressure on Atletico in search of an equaliser.

Los Che’s persistence was eventually awarded when captain Dani Parejo curled home a superb free-kick in the final 10 minutes. While Kang-in Lee’s injury-time red card put the visitors down to 10-men, they held on for a deserved point anyway.

Valencia have now moved up to sixth place in La Liga for the time being, while Atletico remain fourth.

Now Simeone must find a way to get his players back into winning mode ahead of the Leverkusen match. It will be no easy task, however, given that Atletico have only won twice in their last eight games in all competitions.

Joao Felix, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, La Liga
MADRID, SPAIN – OCTOBER 19: Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid celebrates with teammates after scoring his goal.