With Jan Oblak returning from his minor knee injury in a 2-1 win against Porto, the experienced goalkeeper has been out of action in the previous two games against Celta Vigo and Bayer Leverkusen.
Ivo Grbic has deputised in his absence and may set to do so in Atletico Madrid’s upcoming contest against Real Madrid on Sunday night.
As per the latest revelation reported by El Chiringuito, there remain doubts over whether Oblak will be available to start in the Madrid Derby.
It has been further claimed that the Slovenian international was seen training alone with a limp on Friday, nursing a thigh injury.
Despite the once-revered shotstopper’s form falling off a cliff last season, he remains a key member of the side. While he missed the last two games, it was expected that he could be forced back in time to take on Real Madrid.
In a game of the magnitude of a derby against none other than Carlo Ancelotti’s side, Jan Oblak’s experience, calmness and big-game heroics would have been crucial in leading Atleti to an unfancied result.
Especially considering how the seasoned defensive pair of Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic remain out of contention for the contest due to their injury woes.
All eyes will be on Grbic to see how he copes against Real Madrid’s frightening attack, despite the possible absence of the one and only Karim Benzema.
It is key to emphasise that as things stand, Oblak’s unavailability has not been confirmed by either Diego Simeone or the club itself.
However, the hope remains that even if the two-time La Liga winner cannot make the cut against Los Blancos, his thigh injury does not keep him out of action for long, as his presence or lack thereof could make-or-break Atletico Madrid’s season instantly.
Official: Atletico Madrid sign Tottenham Hotspur defender on a free transfer
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.