MADRID, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid forward Maxi Rodriguez and winger Martin Petrov both had surgery to repair torn anterior cruciate ligaments on Monday and are not expected to return to action for around six months.
Maxi sustained his knee injury while on international duty for Argentina against Spain last Wednesday. Bulgaria's Petrov suffered his in Atletico's 2-1 Primera Liga win over Recreativo Huelva on Saturday.
'Both operations went very well. Petrov's injury was more painful as he also had some slight damage to the meniscus,' doctor Pedro Guillen told a news conference on Monday.
The head of Atletico's medical services, doctor Jose Maria Villalon added: 'The league runs until next June. If we work on the principle that they will be able to return to playing in April, that would give them two months to play this season.
'They are both in good spirits which will help them in their recovery.'
The loss of Atletico's leading scorer Maxi, and Petrov, is a blow to an Atletico side who have had a great start to the season.
They are third in the Primera Liga after six matches, three points behind leaders Barcelona.