Juanfran hamstring injury adds to Atletico Madrid's problems

Leslie Hanson
March 16, 2018

Atletico Madrid stormed to a 5-1 win (8-1 on aggregate) at the RZD Arena on Thursday night, thus cruising through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

The extent of the fracture - and how long Filipe Luis will be sidelined for - remains unclear.

Filipe, generally second-choice for Brazil at left-back to Marcelo, had been called up by Brazil coach Tite for this month's friendlies. Brazil's first game at the World Cup is against Switzerland on June 17.

Werner could have done better with the 30-yard shot from Rybus, which drew Lokomotiv level within four minutes, but was obstructed by a crowded penalty area after a corner was sent to the edge of the box.

Luis left the field on a stretcher and tests Friday in Madrid confirmed the fracture in his lower leg.

Atletico, who booked their place in the Europa League quarter-finals with an 8-1 aggregate victory against Lokomotiv, did not say how long the Brazilian is expected to be out of action, but the injury looks likely to rule him out of the World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

The Brazil worldwide has made 298 appearances in all competitions across two spells with one of La Liga's biggest clubs, but won't be able to add to that for some time now.

Luis was on the standby for Brazil's squad at the 2014 World Cup but didn't make the final cut.

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