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Carrasco doubtful for Champions League semi after collarbone injury

Soccer Football - Espanyol v Atletico Madrid - Spanish La Liga Santander - RCDE stadium, Cornella-El Prat (Barcelona), Spain - 22/04/2017. Atletico Madrid's Yannick Carrasco shoots a ball. REUTERS/Albert Gea

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid winger Yannick Carrasco is a doubt for their Champions League semi-final tie against local rivals Real Madrid after the club confirmed he had sprained his collarbone in Tuesday’s 1-0 La Liga defeat to Villarreal.

The Belgium international had to be replaced by Fernando Torres in the 72nd minute after clashing with Villarreal defender Antonio Rukavina, 16 minutes after he had come on as a replacement for Nico Gaitan.

“The Belgian underwent an X-ray and the report from the club’s medical services indicates he sustained a grade one sprain of the clavicle,” said a statement from Atletico, which did not state for how long Carrasco would be out.

Atletico captain Gabi said he feared his team mate would miss both games against Real, the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on May 2 and the second leg at the Vicente Calderon on May 10.

“Carrasco’s injury looks very bad, he couldn’t move his hand. I fear that he’s going to miss the Champions League games,” Gabi told radio station Cadena Ser.

Carrasco grabbed Atletico’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw in last season’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, forcing the game into extra-time and a penalty shootout, where Real prevailed.

The Belgian has scored 14 goals in all competitions this campaign.

Atletico are third in the La Liga standings on 68 points after losing to Villarreal, their first defeat in 13 games in all competitions and their second league loss of 2017.

Reporting by Richard Martin