For the past week, the Spanish media has been showing some concern regarding Atletico Madrid’s squad which will play Liverpool in the Champions League on February 18th.
Things got even worse at the weekend, since the Colchoneros couldn’t count on seven of their players for the match against Granada, and that’s a good reason to get worried about the upcoming clashes.
AS today brings a story about the situation, claiming that this week should be decisive for the recovery of several players for the match against the Reds.
The biggest worry is obviously about the attacking trio. Diego Costa has been recovering from surgery for a few months, while Alvaro Morata and João Félix had recent injuries.
AS says the Brazilian was supposed to return for the second leg, which is being played in March, but he’s offered himself to play the first game, so he shouldn’t be ruled out.
Regarding Morata and Félix, their work during the week will say more about their availability, but they’re both now expected to play, especially the Spaniard.
AS reports that Santiago Arias has been training normally, and although it was too early to let him play against Granada, he should be back for the La Liga match next weekend.
José Jimenez is said to be Atletico’s ‘eternal doubt’, since he’s been full of ups and downs. Even though he’s been training with the squad, the club don’t know if they can count on him.
The only player to be completely ruled out is Kieran Trippier. There’s a chance he could recover from his surgery in time for the second leg against Liverpool, but that will depend on his progress.