According to several reports in the Spanish media, Fran Mérida, who was set to start in yesterday’s encounter with Sporting, is out for two weeks with a hip injury.
Originally listed in manager Quique Sánchez Flores’ starting XI for our la Liga opener, the Catalan broke down prior to kickoff and was removed from the squad, missing out on what was to be his debut at the Vicente Calderón.
The gifted young midfielder, who led the scoring charts for Atleti in pre-season with 3 goals, is a strong doubt for our second round match at San Mamés against Athletic Bilbao on September 12.
Los rojiblancos will be hoping to get the former Arsenal man back soon, as there are currently only two natural wingers at Quique’s disposal in Reyes and Simão.
The international break will give Mérida more time to recover from the muscle tear, and he could return to action for the start of Atlético’s Europa League campaign against Aris.