Relief for Spain as Alvaro Morata's injury is not serious

Relief for Spain as Alvaro Morata’s injury is not serious

MADRID (AP) — There was some relief for Spain when tests over the weekend showed no serious injuries to Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

Morata had to be substituted after injuring his right foot in the team’s 3-2 defeat at Cadiz in the Spanish league on Saturday.

Atlético’s initial description of the injury was a “surprise” and he later said he had edema in the soft tissue of his leg.

Atletico said the progress of Morata’s recovery will determine when he can return to training. He was not expected to play in this week’s Champions League game at Porto.

Morata was unable to continue the game after defender Mamadou Mbaye was hit in the right leg in the seventh minute. He spent some time on the mound before stepping down gently when he was replaced by Mathis Cunha.

Morata is the first choice striker for Spain coach Luis Enrique, who is scheduled to announce his squad for the World Cup on November 11.

Spain opens the World Cup on November 23 against Costa Rica. The 2010 winners also face Germany and Japan in Group E in Qatar.

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