Atletico's Felix undergoes ankle surgery

football02 July 2021 12:19| © Reuters
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Joao Felix © Gallo Images

Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has undergone surgery on his ankle, the LaLiga champions said on Friday.

Felix, who cost a club record fee of €126 million, has sustained four separate ankle injuries and started less than half of Atletico's LaLiga games since joining from Benfica in 2019.

His injury problems continued at Euro 2020 as he missed Portugal's games against Germany and France with a muscle problem before coming on as a substitute in their 1-0 defeat by Belgium in the last 16.

Atletico's statement said the 21-year-old was treated by Dutch surgeon Niek van Dijk in Porto under supervision from the club's doctors but did not state when he would return to action.

Spanish newspaper Marca said Atletico were hopeful he could return just in time for the start of the new season, which begins on August 15 when Diego Simeone's side visit Celta Vigo.