Atletico Madrid's Vrsaljko suffers cruciate ligament injury

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The Croatia international sustained damage to his left anterior cruciate ligament and is expected to be out of action for a prolonged spell

Sime Vrsaljko faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury during Atletico Madrid's 3-1 La Liga victory at home to Sevilla on Sunday.

The right-back went down in the first minute of the game after attempting to make a tackle and Atletico confirmed an MRI scan has shown he sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee.

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Vrsaljko was replaced by Juanfran and Atletico went on to win the match thanks to goals from Diego Godin, Antoine Griezmann and Koke, narrowing the gap to third-placed Sevilla to two points thanks to their victory.

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More tests will be required before a timescale is possible for Vrsaljko's recovery, but his injury will be a blow to Diego Simeone's men, who are due to face Leicester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Croatia will also miss Vrsaljko, who has become their first-choice right-back following the retirement of Darijo Srna, with Ante Cacic's men due to face Ukraine in a World Cup qualifier on Friday.

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