Fran Mérida and Tomas Ujfalusi are on path to full recovery ahead of our Europa League opener against Aris Thessaloniki FC on Thursday, according to a report by MARCA. Fran had already returned to training with the rest of the team, while Ujfa made his way back this morning.
Regarding the hip injury that kept Mérida out of our bouts against Sporting and Athletic, team doctor José María Villalón said:
“Fran Mérida is totally recovered. He has performed all of the rehabilitation exercises in the last few days and has been completely reincorporated into the group.
“At one point, the intensity of his training was lowered, but he has not experienced any sort of pain. He is fully recovered.”
Right-back Ujfalusi, who is recovering from tendinitis in his Achilles tendon, should be available to coach Quique Sánchez Flores when the team travels to Greece on Wednesday.
“Ujfalusi, whose Achilles tendinopathy was aggravated after receiving a blow in one of the last matches, is recovering very favorably, and at this point the player is almost ready to train with the rest of the group and we could also possibly count on him against Aris,” Dr. Villalón said this past weekend.
These are very welcomed developments for the rojiblanco coaching staff and supporters, as the club is presently facing a bit of an offensive depth crisis. Without Mérida and Sergio Agüero, Atleti can only rely on two natural wingers: Simão and Reyes; and two real forwards: Forlán and Diego Costa.
Regardless if Fran is fit to start in Greece or not, Quique may be compelled to call upon canterano Alberto Perea to reinforce our depleted bench. The young midfielder did not feature in Atlético B’s 1-2 defeat to Leganés yesterday; a sign perhaps, that he will be promoted to the first team before long.
Meanwhile, beloved striker Kun Agüero has been ruled out for Thursday’s clash though he, along with the medical staff, remains optimistic of healing in time to face Barcelona on Sunday for our third la Liga match. On his official website, El Kun posted this photo, in which he sports a charming smile and holds an ice-pack on the injury affected region.
AS reports that this morning, the young Argentine spent 30 minutes in the gym nursing the muscular contusion on his left leg, and later headed out to the pitch for some exercises under the supervision of a club physical therapist. AS reporter Patricia de Martin tweeted this photo of Kun training earlier.