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Atletico Madrid superstar misses training ahead of Bayer Leverkusen clash

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After narrowly beating FC Porto on the opening matchday of the UEFA Champions League, Atletico Madrid are set to face another daunting test as they take on Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.

A win for Los Colchoneros could go a long way in helping them gain an early headstart in their quest to top the group.

However, heading into this game, Atleti have been dealt a major blow as their star goalkeeper Jan Oblak did not train with the team. His participation in the Leverkusen tie remains uncertain, and the player will be tested tomorrow morning to see whether or not he will be available, reports Carrusel Deportivo.

Oblak was included in the team that travelled to Bay Arena, but the goalkeeper appears to be struggling with a bruise on his left thigh. He did not feature in the recent game against Celta Vigo, and it is plausible that he could miss out once again – this time against Leverkusen.

Oblak’s potential absence could serve as a major blow for Atletico Madrid, especially against a sharp attacking Leverkusen side that boast the services of Patrik Schick, Moussa Diaby and Adam Hlozek.

The Slovenian international has not been at the top of his game for a while now. But he remains one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in the world. His shot-stopping ability, therefore, could come in handy for Atleti ahead of the Leverkusen encounter.

In case Oblak does miss out, Atletico Madrid have Ivo Grbic as the desired replacement. Formerly of LOSC Lille, the 26-year-old has only featured in three competitive matches for Atleti since joining the club in 2020.

Despite his lack of game-time, Diego Simeone will be banking on Grbic to fill the gap once again and help the capital outfit keep a clean sheet, although that is a tall order up against a Leverkusen side boasting unlimited wealth going forward.

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Official: Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham Hotspur defender on a free transfer

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Atletico Madrid have made their final move of the winter transfer window, completing the signing of Matt Doherty from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer.

The Irish international has seen little to no minutes in the league this season, and had his contract mutually terminated by Tottenham before he made the switch to Atletico on deadline day.

This comes on the back of a three-way switch. Spurs signed Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon, who have reportedly replaced him with Hector Bellerin from Barcelona, while enabling Doherty’s switch to La Liga.

This is only Atletico’s second winter transfer for this window. They had signed Memphis Depay earlier this month from Barcelona on a €3 million 2.5-year deal.

That said, they have managed to offload Joao Felix to Chelsea, Mathus Cunha to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Marcos Paulo to Sao Paolo. Atletico also managed to register Pablo Barrios to the first-team after his impressive displays in the first-half of the season.

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