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Atletico Madrid duo pick up injuries ahead of the World Cup

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Atletico Madrid are set to wrap up the first half of the 2022/23 campaign when they take on Almazan in the first round of Copa Del Rey.

However, heading into the contest, it appears two of their key players have picked up knocks, just two weeks before the FIFA World Cup gets underway. The players in question are Yannick Carrasco and Alvaro Morata, as confirmed by the club.

Carrasco has picked up a muscle contracture whereas Morata has a low-grade muscle injury. They have not trained with the rest of the team heading into the Copa Del Rey game and it appears they have been ruled out of the tie.

Their potential knocks just ahead of the World Cup could prove to be catastrophic as both players have been selected for their respective nations heading into the coveted competition.

Carrasco was selected for the Belgian national team while Morata is expected to spearhead the Spanish attacking line, under the leadership of former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique.

However, both their injuries appear to be rather mild and nothing that should worry the players or the coaches. There is a possibility that their absence from the Copa Del Rey is merely a precautionary measure, given that Atletico Madrid have been drawn against a relatively straightforward opponent.

Picking up an injury in this first-round game, therefore, could be massively disappointing for either of the players. Hence, missing out on the game against Almazan could be the prudent move, although it would certainly make the job a bit more difficult for Diego Simeone’s men.

The club from the capital, after all, have endured a difficult time with cup competitions so far this season and following eliminations from both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, they will be keen on avoiding any upset this weekend.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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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

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