In Colombia's World Cup match against Venezuela, Leverkusen player Arias fractured his fibula and tore an ankle ligament. He is expected to be injured for at least 6 months. In an interview with ESPN, Arias talked about his injury. He said: "When I touched my ankle, I felt that it was not in the right position. At first it was not so painful, but then it was really painful."
Arias said: "Next I will go to Spain to undergo surgery. This process will be very difficult because I have teammates who have suffered similar injuries before. The injury itself is nothing, but the recovery process will be very painful and may require at least It takes 5-6 months to recover. I hope I can shorten this time."
"Now I will go to Bogotá with a national team doctor, and then another team doctor will go to Madrid with me. He will join the team doctors of Atletico and Leverkusen and Atletico, Atletico and Lever Kusen’s team doctor will accompany me through the postoperative recovery phase. Now I have a big bruise on my foot. I have to keep my foot up to allow the blood to circulate."
"This injury did give me a mental shock. When I touched my ankle, I felt that its position was incorrect, but it was not that painful at first. Then someone lifted me away, and it hurt the most at that time because The body temperature drops, the adrenaline decreases, and the pain increases."
"I want to thank Falcao and others for their support. Falcao has also suffered from serious injuries. He inspired me a lot. He and other teammates are supporting and encouraging me. I am still very young and in the future. Life is still very long."