Leverkusen's Santiago Arias suffers horrendous ankle injury in Colombia vs Venezuela

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Colombia opened up their World Cup qualifying campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory against Venezuela.

Los Cafeteros took the lead through Atalanta's Duvan Zapata in the 16th minute.

Luis Muriel struck twice more in the first-half to seal the points for Carlos Queiroz's side.

But the game was overshadowed by a quite horrific injury to Leverkusen's summer signing, Santiago Arias.

Venezuela's Darwin Machis had the ball on the left wing in the eighth minute.

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Arias chased him down though before producing a well-timed sliding tackle, with the ball going out for a corner.

However, it was apparent something was seriously wrong when Arias stayed on the floor screaming in pain.

And cameras showed that he had suffered a horrendous ankle injury. View the challenge and the injury below.

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Arias was down for just over six minutes before eventually being stretched off.

Machis, who was in tears after witnessing Arias' ankle, was initially shown a red card by the referee.

However, this was rightly rescinded after consultation with VAR. He was later substituted in the 78th minute.

It looked such an innocuous challenge so it's just desperately unlucky for Arias.

It's currently unknown how long the Bundesliga star will be out for, but we can imagine he will not take to the football pitch again in 2020.

We wish Arias a speedy recovery and hope he gets back to doing what he loves as soon as possible.

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