BARRANQUILLA, Colombia (AP) – Right-back Santiago Arias suffered a fibula fracture and other injuries to his left ankle the day before, during the game that Colombia beat Venezuela 3-0 at the start of the World Cup qualifiers in South America, he confirmed Saturday his German club Bayer Leverkusen.
The medical report indicated that the footballer will be transferred from Barranquilla to Madrid in the middle of next week and will undergo a surgical intervention, so a prolonged period of recovery is expected.
Arias went from Atlético Madrid to Leverkusen last month, and was called up by Colombia coach Carlos Queiroz after the injury of Yairo Moreno, from León de México, for the games against Venezuela and Chile.
He suffered the injury when he tried to prevent winger Darwin Machís from sending a cross in the 14th minute.
Arias’s left booty was buried in the grass and Machís fell on him causing the Colombian’s foot to turn outwards in an anomalous way.
“Bayer 04 will have to do without Santiago Arias for six months. The right-back, who arrived at Leverkusen on loan from Atlético de Madrid, two and a half weeks ago, suffered a fibula fracture of the left foot, during the match between Colombia and Venezuela (3-0), of the Conmebol qualifiers. In addition, Arias suffered a tear and other ligament injuries ”, reads the medical report released by the Bundesliga as a whole.
Through a subsequent statement, the Colombian Football Federation confirmed the player’s situation.
“Due to the severity of the injury, the operation is mandatory after adequate immediate treatment carried out in Colombia. This will be carried out in consultation between Bayer, Arias and Atlético de Madrid, by a specialist who works for the Spanish club ”, he specified.
The 28-year-old player, a native of Medellín, has received supportive voices from Queiroz who dedicated the three points to him, as well as from different team mates, club and fans.