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Atletico star's injury could help AC Milan

AC Milan's chances of beating Champions League opponents Atletico Madrid may be aided by an injury to David Villa.

AC Milan face a daunting task when they take on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and the news that David Villa has picked up an injury could be a boost.

Milan have struggled so far this season in Serie A and their poor form brought about the demise of coach Massimiliano Allegri.

New boss Clarence Seedorf has had a generally bright start but Milan could only draw with high-flying Torino at the weekend and are still languishing in 10th place.

But while Serie A leaders Juventus were knocked out at the group stages of the Champions League, along with Napoli, Milan have progressed and their European dream is still alive.

The Rossoneri have a fearsome draw however and must take on Atletico Madrid who have just moved top of La Liga with a 4-0 win over Real Sociedad.

The only bright spot for Milan is that during the win striker David Villa limped off with a muscular problem in his left thigh.

The latest reports suggest that Villa's injury could keep him out of the first leg between the two teams on Wednesday 19 February at San Siro.

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