Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 loss to Barcelona on Saturday was painful in the standings, as the Catalan club took a three-point lead atop the La Liga table with a game in hand.
It was also painful on the field.
The club announced that Augusto Fernandez, who had just arrived from Celta Vigo in early January, suffered a “partial rupture of the internal lateral ligament in his left knee.” It’s unclear exactly what that injury is given the relatively vague description, but the best guess based on the language of that statement is that he partially tore his MCL.
Fernandez was substituted off in the 75th minute, carried off the field on a stretcher. The Argentinian had started in the midfield alongside Gabi in all four matches since his transfer to the Spanish capital, in as a replacement for the injured Tiago, who is out until at least March with a broken leg. Fernandez had been substituted off in each of those four appearances.
The club also confirmed that defender Diego Godin, a critical member of the squad, also suffered knee ligament damage in the match, although his does not sound as serious, being a “grade 1 sprain of the internal lateral ligament of the left knee.” Godin had played every single minute of this La Liga season up until his 65th-minute sending off against Barcelona.