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Former Chelsea midfielder injured and has to have plate fitted in his arm

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Former Chelsea midfielder Tiago Silva is recovering in hospital after a midweek injury.

You might have expected it would be the Barcelona v Real Madrid game in midweek which would be the bad-tempered Copa del Rey final, but instead it was Atletico Madrid v Sevilla which saw a red card brandished.

As we reported yesterday, former Liverpool target and Sevilla midfielder Gary Medel was shown a red card for mis-timing a high kick and catching former Chelsea ace Tiago square in the arm.

Now the Portuguese midfielder, now 31, has had to undergo an operation to repair the damage.

He has suffered a badly fractured arm and has had to have a plate screwed into it. He is expected to miss at least two months and could be out for the season.

He told AS from his hospital bed: "He was going to clear the ball and to protect my face I put my arm in up. I felt that something was wrong because I did a lot of damage. I tried to keep playing but I realized I could not continue.  It hurt so much and (i) tried to hold it with the other arm so it does not move much. "

Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago spent one season at Stamford Bridge in 2004/05 scoring four goals before leaving for Lyon.

Check out the foul below. Ouch!

image: © azuaje

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