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Key Atletico Madrid superstar could recover in time for derby, three players doubtful

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The Madrid Derby is now the talk of the town as both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid gear up for their biggest game of the season yet. While Los Rojiblancos need all three points more than their neighbours, Real Madrid are the favourites heading into the clash.

Diego Simeone would ideally want to have his strongest lineup to face the defending champions but faces an acute injury crisis. Jose Maria Gimenez, Jan Oblak, Stefan Savic and Thomas Lemar are out injured and doubtful for the weekend’s game.

According to journalist Pablo Egea, Oblak is the only player who could recover in time to face Real Madrid. Everything indicates that the other three players on the list will not receive the medical all-clear before the key clash.

This comes as a big blow to Simeone’s plans as all three players are a vital part of his starting lineup. In their absence, it appears that he might have to play Axel Witsel out of position to cover the holes in the defence.

Apart from the aforementioned trio, Sergio Reguilon is also unavailable as he continues to recover from his groin issue.

Yet, one must note that Atletico Madrid are not the only team missing key players for the derby. Carlo Ancelotti too will be without the services of Karim Benzema and Lucas Vazquez on the night.

The game will kick off at the Civitas Metropolitano late on Sunday night. While the objective for Real Madrid will be to keep their winning streak alive, Los Rojiblancos will do everything possible to claw their way up the standings after a shaky start.

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Official: Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham Hotspur defender on a free transfer

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Atletico Madrid have made their final move of the winter transfer window, completing the signing of Matt Doherty from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer.

The Irish international has seen little to no minutes in the league this season, and had his contract mutually terminated by Tottenham before he made the switch to Atletico on deadline day.

This comes on the back of a three-way switch. Spurs signed Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon, who have reportedly replaced him with Hector Bellerin from Barcelona, while enabling Doherty’s switch to La Liga.

This is only Atletico’s second winter transfer for this window. They had signed Memphis Depay earlier this month from Barcelona on a €3 million 2.5-year deal.

That said, they have managed to offload Joao Felix to Chelsea, Mathus Cunha to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Marcos Paulo to Sao Paolo. Atletico also managed to register Pablo Barrios to the first-team after his impressive displays in the first-half of the season.

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