PICTURE: Liverpool target suffers freak back injury

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid right back Javier Manquillo has sustained a shocking back injury following an awkward fall against Real Madrid tonight.

Manquillo Fall

The injury occurred during the second leg of Atletico's Copa del Rey tie with Real, with Manquillo going up for an aerial challenge with Cristiano Ronaldo, and the 19-year-old was subsequently rushed to hospital at half time having landed on his neck in a terrible fall.

With Glen Johnson missing a large chunk of this season through injury, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was reportedly seeking help at right back, and Spanish press suggested that the Reds made an £8m bid for the young full back.

Whilst Atleti wouldn't sell, Rodgers may have been looking to target Manquillo once again in the summer, but news of his cervical sprain injury could end the interest. Of course, Manquillo's health and well-being comes first in a scenario like this, and all will be wishing him a speedy recovery.

(Credit to AS for image)

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