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Atletico Madrid superstar still injured after ‘intentional tackles’ from Real Madrid duo

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Atletico Madrid have not had the best of starts to their La Liga campaign, with the 2020 champions most recently succumbing to cross-town rivals Real Madrid.

It was not the best of games for Los Colchoneros who tried to make a late comeback through a Mario Hermoso goal, but it was simply too little too late, as Real Madrid managed to hold on to their slender one-goal lead to clinch a 2-1 victory.

In addition to the defeat, it appears Atletico Madrid have been another major blow in the aftermath of the Madrid derby, with Joao Felix still yet to train with the Portugal team.

The Atleti superstar was called up by the Portuguese national team ahead of the UEFA Nations League matches earlier this summer.

But according to Belen Sanchez Garcia, he has not taken part in the training. In fact, he has been ruled out for the upcoming against the Czech Republic.

The former SL Benfica starlet remains a doubt against Spain as well, which raises serious concerns over the player’s fitness.

Sanchez Garcia suggests Felix’s injury came in the aftermath of a rash tackle from Real Madrid defender Dani Carvalaj during the derby. Another tackle from Eder Militao did not help his cause either.

Atletico believe that Carvajal was intentionally trying to injure Felix, just as he did with Antoine Griezmann last season.

Diego Simeone even wanted to substitute Felix early on in the game, but the player wanted to continue. He ended up playing until the hour mark before being replaced by Matheus Cunha.

The brunt of Felix’s injury remains unclear at the moment. But Atletico Madrid would ideally want him to return to the pitch after the end of the international break.

The forward is considered one of the key assets in Atleti’s attacking setup and his potential injury could be catastrophic for the team, especially ahead of the gruelling October schedule.

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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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