Madrid - Barcelona and Atletico
Madrid's chances of silverware have taken a hit after they lost key players to
injury in Tuesday's Champions League clash, with Barca centre back Gerard Pique
damaging a hip and Atletico top scorer Diego Costa limping off with a hamstring
Pique, whose Spain international
team mate and goalkeeper Victor Valdes was ruled out for seven months this week
after he tore knee ligaments, had to be replaced by Marc Bartra after only 12
minutes of the quarter-final first leg at the Nou Camp when he landed awkwardly
after jumping for the ball.
Barca said Pique had damaged his
right hip and would be out for around four weeks, meaning he will miss next
Wednesday's second leg in Madrid, the King's Cup final against Real Madrid on
April 16 and several La Liga games.
He may also have to sit out the
two-legged Champions League semi-final at the end of the month if Barca
Costa, who had scored seven goals
in five appearances in this season's Champions League before Tuesday, and has
25 in 30 La Liga outings, pulled up clutching the back of his right leg with
half an hour gone and was replaced by Diego.
The game ended 1-1 after goals
from Atletico's Diego and Barca's Neymar.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone told
a news conference Costa would need more tests to determine the extent of the
injury and how long he would be out of action.
Raul Garcia, David Villa or
Adrian were ready to stand in for the Spain international in the meantime,
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