The on-loan attacker and Spain international was racing after the ball with Deportivo’s Guilherme when he was inadvertently struck on the leg. He collapsed to the pitch and left in tears in the 44th minute — and even though Las Palmas advanced to the Copa del Rey last 16 without him, the Canary Islanders won’t be the only team sweating the 28-year-old’s status.
Vitolo is set to join Atlético Madrid in January as the club will see its FIFA-imposed registration ban lifted. But if this injury is as bad as initially feared, his debut may have to wait a little longer — perhaps into next season, depending on the severity.
However, that’s speculation at this point. We’ll update once medical evaluations have taken place.