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.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
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.