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Atletico Madrid midfielder suspended for Barcelona clash as appeal rejected

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In a major blow for Atletico Madrid, key midfielder Marcos Llorente will miss the upcoming La Liga encounter against Barcelona due to suspension, reports MARCA.

The 28-year-old versatile midfielder is a regular fixture in the starting XI for Diego Simeone’s side when fit and available. He has played 28 times across all competitions this term, chipping in with three goals and assists each.

Llorente picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in La Liga in Atletico Madrid’s previous match against Almeria. It meant an automatic one-match ban for the Spanish internationa, which would rule him out against Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid, though, lodged an appeal to try and overturn the yellow card he received in the game against Almeria.

As per MARCA, the Rojiblancos claimed that there had been a ‘manifest error’ in the referee’s official match report which cited that Llorente was cautioned for ‘stopping a promising attack’.

However, the Appeals Committee ruled that there was not enough evidence to support these claims and that there was no error spotted. Hence, the appeal from Simeone’s side was rejected, resulting in Llorente being suspended for the trip to Catalonia this weekend.

While Llorente is certain to miss the game, Atletico Madrid are also sweating over the fitness of former Barcelona forward Memphis Depay, who is yet to rejoin team training and is still doing individual work as he continues to recover from an injury.

Los Rojiblancos are the most in-form team in La Liga heading into this weekend’s clash. Indeed, since losing 1-0 to Barcelona in January earlier this year, Simeone’s men have not faced a single defeat in La Liga, stringing together a 13-game unbeaten run, winning each of their last six.

It remains to be seen how Simeone manages to deal with the absence of a key member like Llorente against Barcelona.

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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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