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.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.