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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list for the derby against Real Madrid

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Atletico Madrid have released their squad list for the much-awaited derby against Real Madrid later tonight at the Civitas Metropolitano.

The big news for Los Rojiblancos ahead of the clash is that first-choice goalkeeper Jan Oblak has been named in the squad after he missed the last two matches in all competitions due to injuries.

Manager Diego Simeone had claimed that the Slovenian could be available for the game during his presser on Saturday and has included him on the roster for the derby against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

However, as expected, the trio of Jose Maria Gimenez, Thomas Lemar and Stefan Savic are unavailable as they continue their recovery from injuries.

New signings Nahuel Molina and Axel Witsel will be involved in their first-ever Madrid derby. Simeone will have his full complement of attackers in Alvaro Morata, Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa, Matheus Cunha and Joao Felix at his disposal.

Club captain Koke also features on the list and could make history as he stands to become the player with the joint-highest number of appearances for Atletico Madrid if he features against Real Madrid.

Koke is joined by former Real Madrid star Marcos Llorente in midfield along with the likes of Rodrigo De Paul, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Saul Niguez.

Former Real Madrid defender Sergio Reguilon is also absent from the list as he is still recuperating from a groin surgery.

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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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