Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa hailed goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as "one of the best in the world"
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Atletico Madrid defender Javier Manquillo has been ruled out for up to six weeks following this nasty fall against Real Madrid last night.
The 19 year-old landed on his head after colliding with Cristiano Ronaldo during the Copa del Rey semi-final.
Tests today confirmed the youngster has suffered a fractured vertebrae, and is likely to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.
The Primera Division title race took another twist on Saturday as Atletico Madrid suffered a shock defeat away to struggling Almeria after rivals Real Madrid put four past Villarreal.
Jose Antonio Verza curled in a stunning goal - surely meant as a cross - 10 minutes from time after Almeria's stubborn defensive display had driven Atletico to distraction on a night of pure frustration.
And things got worse five minutes later when goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia - perhaps at fault for the opener - blundered in a big way, fluffing a back-pass and then fouling Jonathan Zongo to concede a penalty, converted by Verza, and seeing red.
There aren't many things Real Madrid defender Pepe wouldn't do on a football pitch, so we weren't too surprised when he confused Diego Costa for a handkerchief last night.
Maybe Atletico Madrid are his bogey team?
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes Luis Aragones would have been impressed by the bravery shown by the Rojiblancos as they went top of the Primera Division for the first time in 18 years.
Taking advantage of Barcelona's surprise defeat at home to Valencia on Saturday, Atletico moved three points clear at the summit with a 4-0 mauling of sixth-placed Real Sociedad on Sunday.
– Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone
I'm sure that he will be up there, dressed in red and white, feeling very happy with the courage the team showed. He himself was always a very courageous man with a lot of character.
When someone like Luis leaves us, you feel pain and sadness but I was really touched by the people today, and also how the crowd remained silent right up until the eighth minute, then chanted his name.
It was wonderful that the minute's silence was observed in all of the stadiums through Spain.
Monaco forward Radamel Falcao is awaiting expert opinion on the left knee injury he sustained on Coupe de France duty for his club on Wednesday.
Falcao was forced off in the last-32 cup match against fourth-tier side Monts Or Azergues, after a challenge from Soner Ertek. He had scored the opening goal and Monaco went on to win 3-0.
Reports in France have suggested the Colombian could face a long absence from the team, and may also be in danger of missing the summer's World Cup.