Despite the vast array of positives that came out of Saturday’s win over our arch-rivals, there were some negatives that threatened to put a downer on the derby celebrations.
The most obvious was the injury to Koke, who is expected to be out for four weeks with a hamstring strain. The midfielder pulled up only ten minutes into the 4-0 murder of Real Madrid, and was replaced by Saúl, who had a great game scoring a goal and assisting one but ultimately wound up injuring himself too.
Koke will miss the first leg of the UEFA Champions League tie against Bayer Leverkusen in a fortnight, whilst the Spaniard will also miss the league games against Celta, Almería and more than likely the tough away trip to Sevilla on March 1st.
— Atleti English (@atletienglish) February 9, 2015
The 23-year-old has eight assists and a single goal in his 20 league appearances this season, aswell as 2 goals and four assists in the Champions League so far.
It’s the match against Celta on Sunday for which his absence is most troubling, as Atleti are somewhat short in the midfield department.
Saúl is out through injury, sustained in the build-up to Atleti’s third goal, whilst Raúl García and Arda Turan are both suspended following bookings in the derby.
Who would you play in the match against Celta? Are you happy with Mario in the centre?