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Atletico Madrid centre-back could miss Manchester City clash due to injury



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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.

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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave



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Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.

This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.

Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.

However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.

The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.

And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.

As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.

With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.

Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.

But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.

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