Injuries have plagued Atletico Madrid’s season this term, with Diego Simeone barely ever having all his players fit. At the moment too, Daniel Wass and Hector Herrera are out injured.
The frustrating situation got worse in Los Rojiblancos‘ clash against Deportivo Alaves yesterday. As shown in the clip by Movistar, Jose Maria Gimenez came off injured in the 86th minute and is now expected to miss the midweek clash against Manchester City.
The Uruguayan has had a frustrating injury record in recent years. Most recently was injured in Atletico’s game against Cadiz last month. Despite initially being ruled out for two weeks, the centre-back returned in time for the next game and steered his team past Manchester United.
Simeone’s side next face Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the European competition. The Premier League champions are overwhelming favourites to go through. Needless to say, the Madrid based side will need their full-strength squad to have any chance of qualifying.
Gimenez had yet another solid performance up until his injury. In 86 minutes, he had one clearance, one blocked shot, three interceptions and four duels won.
The club are yet to release an official statement about the centre-back’s injury or projected time on the sidelines. Yet, with the key UCL clash just two days away, one would expect him to certainly miss the first leg at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City have scored 70 goals in 30 Premier League games this season and are one of Europe’s most potent attacking sides. Simeone will hope to have Gimenez’s services back by the second leg in two weeks’ time.
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