Warrior Diego Godín fought off an injury to finish the game against Athletic Bilbao, but at great cost, as he joins Gimenez, Savic and Hernandez on the injury list. This latest blow is set to leave boss Simeone without any recognised centre halves for the visit of Barcelona after the international break.
Being knocked out of the World Cup must be difficult to take, just as Uruguay's Joe Maria Gimenez, who broke down in tears before the full-time whistled had sounded in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday as the South Americans saw their impressive run in the tournament end at the hands of France.
Not one, but two Atletico Madrid stars proved their credentials on the international stage on Friday. Jose Gimenez earnt the three points for Uruguay, whilst Diego Costa scored two goals against Portugal.