Atletico Madrid says that striker Radamel Falcao's leg injury is not as bad as originally feared.
The club said on Monday that medical tests indicate Falcao has only pulled a thigh muscle in his left leg instead of tearing it.
Falcao hurt his leg during the second half of Sunday's win over Levante, asking to be substituted immediately after pulling up lame while sprinting.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone said after game that he expected the Colombia international to be out around three weeks but the time Falcao will be out could be reduced after the results of the medical tests.
Atletico is currently in second place in the Spanish league, eight points behind Barcelona. Falcao has scored 18 goals in 18 league matches played this season.
- Atletico's Madrid coach Diego "Cholo" Simeone reacts. Photo: REUTERS
- Atletico's Madrid Gonzalo Godin (L) and Levante's Obafemi Martins challenge for the ball. Photo: REUTERS
- Jorge Resurreccion "Koke" (C) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring. Photo: REUTERS
- Atletico's Madrid Christian Rodriguez (R) and Levante's Papakouli Diop challenge for the ball. Photo: REUTERS
- Atletico's Madrid Radamel Falcao reacts after missing a chance. Photo: REUTERS
- Atletico's Madrid Adrian Lopez is congratulated by his teammate Radamel Falcao after scoring. Photo: REUTERS
- Falcao lies injured after he pulled his hamstring. Photo: Getty