Atlético Madrid forward Yannick Carrasco could miss their Champions League last-16 first leg against Chelsea in Bucharest next week. The Belgian joins a growing absentee list for the Liga leaders and will definitely not be fit to face Levante on Saturday as Atleti seek to preserve their six-point advantage over second-placed Real Madrid.
“Yannick’s got a knock that he picked up against Granada (on Feb. 13) and played through it against Levante (on Wednesday), and that’s why he was substituted when he was – we wanted to protect him,” Simeone told a news conference. Unfortunately he’s still got a problem and we’ll see how it develops over the next few days.”
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Héctor Herrera, José María Giménez, Sime Vrsaljko and Geoffrey Kondogbia also did not train on Friday. Meanwhile Saúl Ñíguez, Stefan Savic and Kieran Trippier are all suspended for Saturday’s game.
In a quirk of the fixture list, Atletico also played Levante in midweek in a re-arranged fixture, drawing 1-1 away. They have drawn two of their last three La Liga games, which has offered the chasing pack encouragement in the title race.
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