Atletico suffer Manquillo blow

Los Colchoneros have been dealt a blow with the news that the defender will be out until March after coming off injured in the defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday
Atletico Madrid have confirmed defender Javier Manquillo will miss four to six weeks of ation after fracturing a vertebrae on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old was forced from the field in the 44th minute of his side's 2-0 Copa del Rey semi-final defeat to Real Madrid following a collision with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manquillo landed awkwardly after an aerial battle with the Portugal international, landing on his face and placing considerable pressure on his neck and back.

Atletico released a statement on Wednesday that confirmed a CT scan would rule him out of football for "four to six weeks".

The club also stated that a "fracture of foil of C7 vertebra without displacement" would see him remain in hospital until Thursday.

Manquillo has not been a regular for Atletico this season, making just seven appearances in all competitions.