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.
Jan Oblak was substituted due to a thigh injury.— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 3, 2022
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.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.