Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has been ruled out of Sunday’s clash with Espanyol at Cornella El-Prat.
The Colombian suffered a recurrence of a thigh injury in the 4-2 midweek win over Real Betis and his absence was confirmed by Atleti boss Diego Simeone at a Press conference on Saturday.
“Falcao will not be there tomorrow,” said the Argentine. “However, we will be going there with the same mentality as we have had recently, with different players and different characteristics to Falcao, while continuing to remain competitive.”
It is news that will be welcomed by the beleaguered Espanyol defence, with both Raul Rodriguez and Joan Capdevila having declared prior to learning of Falcao’s injury that La Liga’s leading goalscorer would be a massive threat.
“Falcao can score two goals against you if he is left alone for a single minute,” said central defender Rodriguez.
They were sentiments echoed by left-back Capdevila, a former Atletico player who suffered relegation with the club in the 1999-2000 season.
“Falcao is a world class striker, a predator,” said the former Spanish international.