Atletico Madrid hard nut Vrsaljko played on with BROKEN JAW for more than an hour vs Porto before breaking down in tears

ATLETICO MADRID defender Sime Vrsaljko played on for 60 minutes against Porto with a BROKEN JAW.

Vrsaljko then broke down at full-time after helping Atletico book their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 3-1 win.


And the 29-year-old played out of position to help his team.

Boss Diego Simeone spoke highly of his warrior: "It makes me very happy for him, the whole second half he played with his face hurt and this is good when one tells the group that everyone is important and that whoever plays the least has to appear.

"He had played in pre-season there.

"He has strength, speed, heading and inside passing and he met all the requirements."

Vrsaljko will reportedly undergo surgery on Friday as part of his recovery process.

The injury most likely rules the Croatian out of Sunday's Madrid derby.

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LaLiga leaders Real Madrid will be looking to maintain their lead at the top of the table.

Carlo Ancelotti's men lead the pack by eight, with their nearest challengers Sevilla on 31 points.

However, a win for Atletico would place then just seven behind their rivals in their bid to retain the Spanish title.

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