Atlético Madrid’s loss at the Camp Nou on Saturday was not just a damaging one on the pitch, as it was revealed on Sunday morning that both Augusto Fernández and Diego Godín suffered knee injuries during the match.
Augusto was forced off near the end after overstretching in a challenge, whereas Godín played on for almost an hour with a sprain in his left knee before being sent off midway through the second half.
Thankfully, in the case of the Argentine it is not quite as bad as first feared, with early reports suggesting he could have done ligament damage which would’ve meant a more lengthly time out.
He underwent a scan this morning at the FREMAP clinic in Majadahonda, which diagnosed only a partial tear in his left knee which is set to rule him out for around two months.
Augusto was signed earlier this month to replace Tiago after he broke a bone in his leg, so to lose him as well for an extended period is the last thing that Simeone would have wanted.
Reports suggest that the Portuguese could return by around April time as well, so with some luck we could be able to call upon both for the end of season run-in.
Godín’s injury on the other hand is less serious, with an estimated recovery time of 15 days for what was a Grade I sprain to the Medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
He is suspended for the visit of Eibar next week anyway, and could be back in contention for the Valentine’s Day trip to Getafe on February 14th.
However, with matches against Villarreal, PSV and Real Madrid coming in the space of 6 days at the end of the month, it may be a better idea not to rush him back and make sure he is fully fit for then.
In his absence, Stefan Savic will get a chance to play alongside José Giménez and stake his claim for a regular place in the side.
With Filipe and Juanfran also suspended and Guilherme Siqueira set to join Valencia, we should also see Lucas Hernández make his full La Liga debut against Eibar at left-back.
Augusto’s injury also opens the door for Matías Kranevitter, although Saúl is expected to drop back into the pivot alongside Gabi to begin with. This could also mean more chances for the likes of Óliver Torres and Thomas Partey.
Most would agree that Atleti have a strong enough squad to deal with these setbacks, although lets hope that both players make a speedy recovery nonetheless. Ánimo!