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Juanfran set to miss both legs of Atletico Madrid's semi-final against Arsenal

  • Juanfran was substituted with hamstring injury in La Liga draw with Real Betis
  • Experienced defender set to miss both legs of Europa League semi-final 
  • Striker Diego Costa also likely to be absent for first leg against Arsenal 

By Rik Sharma, Reuters

Published: 18:59 EDT, 23 April 2018 | Updated: 19:00 EDT, 23 April 2018

Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran is set to miss both legs of the club's Europa League semi-final tie with Arsenal because of a hamstring injury.

The right back was substituted in the 65th minute of Atletico's 0-0 home draw with Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday and was replaced by Sime Vrsaljko, who will likely line up on the right of the defence against the Gunners.

'Juanfran took tests which determined that our full back suffered an injury to the hamstring in his left leg,' said Atletico in a statement on Monday.

Juanfran is set to miss both legs of Atletico Madrids' Europa League semi-final with Arsenal
Juanfran is set to miss both legs of Atletico Madrids' Europa League semi-final with Arsenal

Juanfran is set to miss both legs of Atletico Madrids' Europa League semi-final with Arsenal

EUROPA LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS 

April 26: Arsenal v Atletico Madrid, Marseille v Red Bull Salzburg

May 3rd: Atletico Madrid v Arsenal, Red Bull Salzburg v Marseille 

No recovery time was stated but reports in Spain indicate he will be aiming to recover in time for a potential final, should Diego Simeone's side progress.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa is also unlikely to be fit for Thursday's first leg in London after suffering a hamstring injury earlier in April.

'I think he has little chance of playing on Thursday in the first leg, but he will be back for the second,' said Simeone.

Sime Vrsaljko is likely to replace Juanfran at right-back for the games against the Gunners
Sime Vrsaljko is likely to replace Juanfran at right-back for the games against the Gunners

Sime Vrsaljko is likely to replace Juanfran at right-back for the games against the Gunners

Striker Diego Costa is also unlikely to be fit for the first leg because of a hamstring injury
Striker Diego Costa is also unlikely to be fit for the first leg because of a hamstring injury

Striker Diego Costa is also unlikely to be fit for the first leg because of a hamstring injury

Given that Atletico already have a very small squad at their disposal, losing Juanfran will be a blow.

Simeone rested several players from the starting lineup against Real Betis with the clash against Arsenal in mind.

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