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Key Atletico Madrid duo absent in training, doubts for Bayer Leverkusen clash

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Having won their first UEFA Champions League game of the 2022/23 season in a dramatic fashion, Atletico Madrid will be keen on getting another victory under their belt when they face Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.

However, Diego Simeone might have to make do with two key players for the clash at the BayArena as Jan Oblak and Jose Maria Gimenez are both doubts for the game, reports Mundo Deportivo.

Both Oblak and Gimenez were unavailable for selection for Atleti when they played Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday night. Ivo Grbic and Axel Witsel deputised for them, respectively against the Galicians and put on solid showings.

While there had been hope that the injured duo could recover in time for the trip to Germany, neither Oblak nor Gimenez were spotted in training earlier today, casting doubts over the availability for the clash against the Bundesliga outfit.

Joao Felix also did not train with the rest of the group today due to a knock he picked up late in the game against Celta. However, the Portuguese sensation is expected to be called up for the clash against Leverkusen as his issue is not deemed to be serious.

Meanwhile, Stefan Savic and new signing Sergio Reguilon continue to remain sidelined for Simeone’s side. The former is recovering from a muscular injury while the latter is in rehab after undergoing an operation for a groin issue.

As for Oblak and Gimenez, it will be interesting to see if Simeone decides to take them along for the trip to Germany. And even in the scenario that they fly with the rest of the squad, their involvement will remain a doubt until close to the game.

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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move

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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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