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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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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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