Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic has picked up a thigh injury during the game against Villarreal this past weekend, the club have officially confirmed.
Atletico suffered a disappointing 0-2 defeat to Villarreal at the Civitas Metropolitano in La Liga on Sunday. Second-half goals from Yeremi Pino and Gerard Moreno condemned Diego Simeone’s side to a loss.
The game made headlines due to the confrontation between a set of Atleti fans and defender Mario Hermoso, who was at the receiving end of a barrage of insults, which led to the incident.
While investigations are being carried out into that matter, Atletico have now issued an update on Savic’s situation, confirming that the senior centre-back has suffered a thigh injury, although no specific timeline for his recovery has been provided.
Savic had to be taken off 76 minutes into the contest against Villarreal, with Jose Maria Gimenez taking his place for the final quarter-hour of the game.
It was initially believed that the 31-year-old had felt discomfort, leading to the substitutions. But tests have revealed that Savic is carrying a thigh injury, which was confirmed by the club’s statement as follows:
“The Montenegrin defender has undergone medical tests at the Navarra University Clinic, the result of which has ruled that he suffers from a thigh injury. Our player will begin to receive physiotherapy sessions, readaptation training and is awaiting evolution.”
Atletico face Valencia up next a week from today and it remains to be seen if Savic is declared fit by that time. However, Los Rojiblancos will likely have to make do without new signing Nahuel Molina for that encounter after he was sent off against Villarreal.
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.