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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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Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer

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Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.

But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.

But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.

However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.

Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.

Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.

So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.

The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.

But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.

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