The news just goes from bad to worse for Atletico Madrid. As if Monday’s 3-0 defeat to Villarreal was not bad enough, goalkeeper Jan Oblak dislocated his shoulder in the defeat and is now expected to be out for up to 4 months.
Atletico said in a statement:
“Jan Oblak underwent radiology tests and an MRI which have confirmed that he is suffering from Bankart lesion in his left shoulder as a consequence of dislocation.
“He will have to undergo surgery in the coming days.”
This is a huge loss for Atletico, who are reeling at the moment as Oblak was one of the few bright spots this seaoson, keeping seven clean sheets in 15 La Liga games.
Diego Simeone’s side have won just two of their last seven league games, are 12 points adrift of leaders Real Madrid and host Las Palmas on Saturday.
Oblak, who has kept seven clean sheets in 15 La Liga starts for the Rojiblancos, is expected to miss Atletico’s Champions League round-of-16 tie against Bayer Leverkusen.
In his place will come in in Miguel Angel Moya, who made his first appearance for Atletico in 10 months on Nov. 30 after recovering from a knee injury.
The 32 year-old goalkeeper performed well in 2014/15 when he was first choice, but it was the emergence of Oblak that helped Atleti solidify their defence and challenge for La Liga and the Champions League last year.