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Atletico Madrid’s January signing picks up injury, expected to be out for 2 months

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One of the transfers that highlighted the winter transfer window was that of Kieran Trippier to Newcastle United. The former Atletico Madrid player was the only Englishman in La Liga, but a crucial part of Diego Simeone’s setup.

Despite not having the most successful period in Spain, Trippier returned to England a far better player than he was. Needless to say, his departure was compensated by the arrival of Daniel Wass from Valencia at the end of the window.

Wass made his debut under Simeone at Camp Nou, coming on as a half-time substitute. He had a mediocre outing in his 45 minutes on the field, constantly struggling to fit into the new philosophy around him.

In the 90th minute, Wass clattered into Ferran Torres and was taken to the sidelines to be treated. Instead of being taken off, he was asked to play on for the remaining minutes, and Los Rojiblancos could end up paying dearly for Simeone’s decision.

As announced by the club, the Dane suffered an injury to his medial collateral ligament on his right leg. Preliminary examinations reveal a grade two sprain which could keep him out of action for close to two months.

In his absence, the manager will have to count on Sime Vrsaljko to cover at right-back. The Croatian had a disastrous first-half performance against Barcelona, managing only one defensive action in the entire half.

Simeone has come under immense criticism for his decision to persist with an injured Wass on the field and aggravate his injury. The club are now in fifth place and will have to hope for a slip-up from Barcelona or Real Betis to catch up.

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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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