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Atletico Madrid winger picks up an injury ahead of La Liga season-opener



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Injury setbacks are a manager’s biggest nightmare. When such hurdles appear even before the season begins, it is indeed a big blow to the coach’s plans.

According to reports from Javi Gomez, Yannick Carrasco is ruled out for Los Rojiblancos’ clash against Juventus this week. The Belgian is suffering from pharyngotonsillitis and could even miss the league opener.

Diego Simeone’s side open their La Liga season against Getafe on August 15th at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Just over a week remains for the opening clash and it remains to be seen if Carrasco can recover in time.

Atletico Madrid have had a rampant run in preseason so far, winning all three games. While their first game against Numancia was far from competitive, their win over Manchester United and Cadiz showed the players’ character and passion.

Carrasco started the game against the Red Devils last week but did not play a role against Cadiz. It is clear that Simeone prefers the player to completely recover and be available for the official games.

Last season, the 28-year-old winger made 34 appearances for Atletico Madrid scoring six goals and providing as many assists. His searing pace on the left wing is one of the key elements of the team’s counterattacks and the club are looking to seal his renewal.

With Carrasco unavailable for the upcoming games, Simeone will look to entrust the likes of Thomas Lemar and Renan Lodi with a chance to prove themselves.

The team will return to Madrid on Monday after the game against Bianconeri. Their first league clash will be exactly a week after their return, and Simeone will have his work cut out to narrow down his starting XI by then.

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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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