Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak will be out for an unspecified amount of time after he injured his shoulder in the club’s 3-0 loss to Villareal on Monday. The Slovenia international was forced off shortly before half-time of the LaLiga clash at El Madrigal after he was hurt when attempting to claim a cross that allowed Jonathan dos Santos to score the home side’s second goal. Atletico announced on Tuesday that Oblak had suffered a dislocation and would require an operation to repair the damage. Although they did not specify a recovery time, initial reports in Spain have suggested he could be sidelined for up to four months.
“He will have to undergo surgery in the next few days.”
The news is a major blow to Diego Simeone, whose side have endured a slump in form that has left their hopes of silverware in doubt.
Atleti have won only one of their last five league games – a run that has seen them slip 12 points behind leaders Real Madrid – while their 100 per cent record in the Champions League was ended with a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich last week.