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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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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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