Atletico's Falcao out 3 weeks with leg injury


MADRID (AP) -- Atletico Madrid's faint hopes of catching Spanish leader Barcelona suffered a blow Sunday when striker Radamel Falcao sustained a leg injury that will sideline the team's top scorer for around three weeks.

Falcao came up lame while sprinting and immediately asked to be substituted. He walked off clutching the upper part of his left leg in the 57th minute of Atletico's 2-0 win over Levante.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone says the Colombia striker will be out "around 20 days."

Falcao leads Atletico with 18 league goals. Atletico is in second place, eight points behind Barcelona just past the season's midway point.

Atletico plays Real Betis on Thursday in the Copa del Rey. It then plays Athletic Bilbao and Betis in the league over the next two weekends.