The international break once again disrupts Atlético

João Félix returns after having to be substituted with Portugal and Carrasco without being able to play for Belgium. In November, Suárez and Torreira were infected with coronavirus.


Atlético is waiting to complete the medical tests to know the physical condition of João Félix. The forward started last Tuesday in the match between Portugal and Luxembourg, but had to be replaced after 41 minutes of the game with problems in his right ankle, which has already caused him discomfort during various phases of the season.

From the Portuguese federation they conveyed reassurance to Atlético about the seriousness of João Félix's annoyances, indicating that in the change, caution was more important than the extent of the injury, although the player left the pitch in great pain. Atlético will learn more details about his ailments today. João Félix must be a very important piece in the rojiblanco team's fight for the league title, with ten games to go and a four-point lead over Barcelona and six over Real Madrid. It remains to be seen if this setback forces him to move away from the pitch.

But the Portuguese is not the only player to return from the international break with physical problems. Carrasco could not get to participate in any of the three matches of the Belgian team. Roberto Martínez, his coach, explained that he suffered ankle discomfort from the game against Alavés. However, Carrasco has completed the ten days concentrated with his selection. On his return, he will have to get in tune with the rojiblanco medical team thinking about the duel against Betis, since Carrasco is sanctioned for next Sunday's game against Sevilla for accumulating cards.

In recent international breaks, Atlético has had to face the famous FIFA Virus. If this time João Félix and Carrasco are the ones who come back touched, in November Simeone was left without Luis Suárez or Torreira. The two Uruguayans contracted the coronavirus during their concentration with the national team and were low in the game against Barcelona in the return to LaLiga. The striker was also not against Lokomotiv, Valencia or Bayern due to illness, while the midfielder did become fit against the Germans, but missed the other three games. On this occasion the South Americans had no commitments, but Atlético gave up eleven players (Llorente, Koke, Carrasco, Lemar, João Félix, Oblak, Vrsaljko, Herrera, Trippier, Savic and Kondogbia) and two of them had physical mishaps.

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