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Injury update: Two Atletico Madrid stars set to miss rest of the season



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In what could be a big blow for Atletico Madrid, journalist Pablo Egea (h/t Atleti Francia) is reporting that Joao Felix and Thomas Lemar could be done for the season.

The pair came off with injuries during Sunday’s La Liga encounter against Espanyol at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The club issued an official update on their condition earlier today, stating that Felix and Lemar had picked up hamstring injuries and were being assessed by the club’s medical team.

While an official statement on the extent of their injuries and the recovery time is yet to arrive, the aforementioned report is claiming that both the players are very much unlikely to be available for crucial matches against Sevilla and Real Madrid.

It further states that Felix and Lemar may very well have played their last game of the season. If that is indeed the situation, it will come as a big blow for Diego Simeone & co.

Felix, after a dull start to the season, had been in his elements in recent months. Having him fit and firing would have helped Atleti ensure a top-four finish in La Liga. Lemar, too, is a valuable member of the setup due to his versatility and ability to create chances.

Both the players will be a big miss for Los Rojiblancos for the remainder of the campaign. Following their narrow 2-1 win over Espanyol, thanks to a Yannick Carrasco double, the reigning champions are still sitting in fourth place.

However, they have levelled second-placed Barcelona and third-placed Sevilla on 60 points. With six games left to be played in the campaign, there is no room for error for Simeone and his troops.

Atletico Madrid have a tough run-in period, during which they play Athletic Club, Real Madrid Sevilla and Real Sociedad in four of their remaining six games.

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Atletico Madrid midfielder on the derby against Real Madrid: “Very difficult to beat them”



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Following a 1-1 draw in their Champions League opener against Lazio, Atletico Madrid will shift all their attention to La Liga, as they brace themselves for the derby against Real Madrid this weekend.

Heading into this game, Atleti midfielder Marcos Llorente spoke about Real Madrid’s quality and Atletico Madrid’s chances of squeezing all three points from this iconic derby.

Llorente on Madrid derby

“The sensations are good. The team is very good, the other day we played a great game despite ending up drawing. I really think that the team did a great job that must be maintained for this match,” Llorente said in an interview with Diario AS.

When asked whether or not Real Madrid being tagged as favourites could aid Atleti, the midfielder said, “Honestly, it neither motivates me nor demotivates me. We simply have to do what we work on during the week, what the coach asks of us.”

Llorente stressed the importance of the game, adding, “It is a great rival we have in front of us, they are having a very good start to the season and that motivates me and everyone to try to play a good game.”

Real Madrid is a great club, they have great players and it is very difficult to beat them. I think we have competed, we have also achieved several draws, but in the end, either you go out one hundred percent and do things very, very well or it is difficult to beat them,” he added.

A former member of the Real Madrid youth academy, Llorente joined Atletico Madrid in 2019. Since then, he has racked up over 150 competitive appearances for Los Colchoneros.

Llorente, though, said he feels no sense of vindication when he performs well against his former team.

“No. In the end, it’s been many years since I left there and I’m at Atlético. Perhaps in the first years, those types of feelings and sensations can arise, but today they no longer do,” he said.

Marcos Llorente confident of Atletico Madrid’s chances ahead of the derby (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

Llorente on Vinicius, Koke & Bellingham

The Atletico Madrid star went on to talk about other aspects of the game, including the fact that his team had one less player every time they faced Real Madrid last season.

“I have zero worries. These are things that are not in our remit, that escape our hands. We play football, the referees referee and those who have to decide decide,” he said.

Llorente, in fact, said that the return of Koke could be a real boost for Atleti. “It is always good that Koke is with us, both on the field and in the day-to-day life of the game,” he said.

“Beyond the grass. The support he gives, the advice he gives us, his experience. it is always important to have him and it is great news that he is already training with us,” he added.

Talking about the absence of Vinicius Junior and the form of Jude Bellingham, Llorente said, “Well, you have to be careful with everyone. All Real Madrid players are very good and can make a difference at any moment of the game. Bellingham is having a great start and we have to take that into account and be very focused.”

Finally, Marcos Llorente put out a message for all the Atletico Madrid fans, claiming their support ahead of this crucial encounter this weekend.

“It will be a full house as always. We don’t have to tell them anything, they know the importance of this match for Atlético, we know that they never fail, they are always supporting us and we count on them,” he said.

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