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Official: Atletico Madrid defender suffers thigh injury in Villarreal clash

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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.

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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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