Atlético goalkeeper David de Gea left the training ground yesterday morning after feeling pain in his right thigh. His availability for Thursday’s crucial Europa League tie against Norwegian champion Rosenborg is now in doubt.
In a press conference following the training session, De Gea told reporters, “I hope to be able to play on Thursday.”
“They’ve done the tests and it looks minor. I think I will be able to play against the Norwegian club,” he said.
The 19-year old gave more details about how the strain occurred:
“It was at the beginning of the training session, I had warmed up a bit and then was working with the ball. I dove for a shot and when I got up I hurt myself,” he said.
De Gea has played every single minute of the 2010-11 campaign, both in la Liga and in our two previous Europa League bouts.
In the event that David is scratched from Rosenborg’s visit to the Vicente Calderón on Thursday, Quique Sánchez Flores will likely call upon the services of backup keeper Joel Robles.
The 20-year old former canterano was outstanding when given the opportunity to play in the pre-season, and the drawback, if any at all, should be minimal between the sticks should he feature.
Kun is fully fit and will play Thursday
According to several Spanish media reports, Sergio Agüero has finally recovered from his knee and gluteus injuries, and was a full participant in Monday’s practice.
The Argentine striker is set to debut in Europa League action this season, though it is not yet clear if he will be in the starting lineup.
Rojiblanco team-mates Álvaro Domínguez and Sergio Asenjo continue their recoveries from an ankle sprain and ACL tear, respectively.