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Atletico Madrid suffer huge blow as superstar picks up injury against Real Sociedad



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In an attempt to tackle Umar Sadiq, Reinildo accidentally slid into Jan Oblak, with the latter having to be substituted for Ivo Grbic in the 85th minute in Atletico Madrid’s 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad.

With Atleti supporters having their hearts in their mouths about the status of the Slovenian’s fitness, official confirmation by the club has confirmed their worries.

As per the Rojiblancos via Twitter, Oblak was taken off due to a thigh injury.

The fear amongst the fanbase is presumably the extent of their prized goalkeeper’s injury, considering his status as arguably the side’s most key player over the years.

Furthermore, Diego Simeone’s side have started the new season in unconvincing fashion.

With two wins, one defeat and one draw in four matches, the last thing that the side needs currently is to lose their vice-captain and impregnable presence in between the sticks for a lengthy period.

The last time Oblak suffered a major injury was back in the 2016/17 campaign, where a shoulder injury meant he missed a staggering 15 games of football.

Without trying to speak such a travesty into existence, a similar spell out on the sidelines for Jan Oblak could potentially derail Atletico Madrid’s season already, considering the injury looked serious at first glance.

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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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