Madrid, Spain – Atletico Madrid playmaker Diego suffered a torn right thigh muscle Sunday and will be sidelined four weeks.
The 26-year-old Diego was injured in the second half of a 1-1 draw against Sporting Gijon, and will miss important matches in the Europa League and La Liga.
Atletico hosts Lazio on Thursday in the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 series, but does have a 3-1 cushion after a solid win in Rome. In La Liga, Atletico faces Barcelona and Sevilla in its next two matches.
Diego, who is on loan from Wolfsburg, has played 20 La Liga games this season.