Atletico Madrid named their squad for the trip to Germany as they gear up to take on Bayer Leverkusen in the second Group B encounter of the UEFA Champions League this week.
Jan Oblak has been included in the travelling squad despite there being some doubts over his involvement. But there have been a few exclusions made by manager Diego Simeone due to injuries and fitness issues.
Stefan Savic and Sergio Reguilon have been absent for a while now and are not in the squad flying to Germany. Apart from them, Jose Maria Gimenez is also absent after missing the weekend encounter against Celta Vigo.
Apart from the trio, there is a fresh absentee for Atletico Madrid as Thomas Lemar has also been left out of the list of players flying to Germany for the Bayer Leverkusen encounter.
Reporting on the 26-year-old Frenchman’s absence, journalist Belen Sanchez Garcia has claimed that he has been left out of the squad due to a strong contracture he picked up during the game against Celta Vigo this past Saturday.
Lemar has already missed a game this season due to a muscle injury and will now be unavailable for a crucial tie against Leverkusen away from home.
So far, the Frenchman has played five times in all competitions and has registered one assist. While he is not a certain starter for Simeone, Lemar does add value to the team with his versatile nature and attacking intent.
But the Rojiblancos will have to make do without the ex-Monaco ace at the BayArena.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo