Knee injuries set to sideline Augusto and Godín

South American duo facing time out with injuries sustained in Barça defeat

Augusto and Godín join the celebrations for Koke's opener in the Camp Nou

Augusto and Godín join the celebrations for Koke's opener in the Camp Nou

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!

  • AndersAT

    Tough for augusto. But too be honest, I like Gabi, Saul and Koke better for the midfield. More room for Oliver and Thomas won’t hurt.
    With griezman correa and carrasco up front I am positive for the future CL and liga matches.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    This was a huge loss for Atletico. Augusto was Tiago’s replacement.

  • Koke

    This is a bummer. Augusto played well against Barcelona and his transfer finally seemed to be starting to pay dividends. Earlier this season, I was hoping not to see us play Gabi and Tiago together and then Tiago got injured. Then I started hoping not to see Gabi and Augusto and Augusto got injured. I guess we have to be careful what we wish for.

    Although I’m sad for Augusto, I don’t think this spells disaster simply because we have so many midfielders. Gabi Saul and Koke will surely be undisputed starters now, and on the bright side, Kranevitter, Thomas, and Oliver will all be first choice subs. There is literally no other alternative to them after the first three names, so each will likely get plenty more minutes which I think they will use to prove themselves.

    Godin is a bigger loss in my honest opinion, even though he is out for less time. All this season so far it felt like 3 center backs was enough, just because all three are so damn good. Now all it takes is one more injury or suspension (god forbid) and we’ll be stuck playing Lucas, Gamez, or maybe Saul as central defenders. Not that I think they can’t handle it per se, but it wouldn’t be ideal.

    Oh, and we’d better sign Siquiera’s replacement or give Lucas his big break. Especially with the transfer ban looming, and our three fullbacks all being so old, a new left back wouldn’t hurt.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I think “stuck” is a little harsh to describe playing with Lucas, the kid is very promising, he wouldn’t have made it to the first team and with a coach like Simeone if he wasn’t .

    Having 4 CBs is very tricky, because even the 3rd isn’t having enough minutes, so imagine a 4th, also with a coach like Simeone .
    You will never find a decent CB who is fine with playing one game every 2 months, it will be someone like Nacho ! .. so I believe a young promising talent like Lucas or a versatile player like Gamez or Saul are better options .

    There is also the salary cap set by LFP, and our isn’t so high, a little above 80 million, why waste a million or two on a 4th CB while you can use that money to improve the salary of a player like Griezmann .

    I haven’t seen Lucas a lot to be honest, even if I did, youth team & B team games aren’t enough to judge him, but that one game against Real Madid at the Calderon last season makes me expect big things from the kid .