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Atletico Madrid superstar set to be rested for FC Porto clash after injury scare

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Jan Oblak picked up an injury in Atletico Madrid’s previous La Liga clash against Real Sociedad which was a major cause for concern for Diego Simeone and the Rojiblancos.

The 29-year-old Slovenian superstar is one of Los Colchoneros’ most important players and his being sidelined for a prolonged time would have been a major blow for the club.

However, as reported by AS, Atletico Madrid fans can breathe a sigh of relief as medical tests have shown that the injury to Oblak is nothing serious. However, the Slovenian shot-stopper has some bruisings and will be rested for the upcoming clash against FC Porto.

Atletico Madrid begin their journey in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night as they welcome Porto to the Civitas Metropolitano for a Group C encounter.

Going into the game without Oblak will be a blow, but the Rojiblancos will be relieved that the 29-year-old’s injury is nothing serious and that he could be ready in time for the weekend La Liga fixture against Celta Vigo.

With Oblak potentially ruled out, 26-year-old Ivo Grbic is expected to start between the sticks for Atleti on Wednesday against the Portuguese champions. He only has made two appearances for Simeone’s side so far, with his La Liga debut coming this past weekend versus Sociedad.

However, the Croatian has played six times in the Champions League when he was on loan at LOSC Lille last season.

Apart from Oblak, Atletico Madrid will also be without Felipe, who is suspended for the game after his sending-off last season against Manchester City. Stefan Savic and Matheus Cunha are also injury doubts while new signing Sergio Reguilon is also set to miss out.

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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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