Atlético Madrid will be looking to finally get their Europa League campaign off the ground on Thursday as they welcome Norwegian side Rosenborg to the Vicente Caldéron.
Sitting at the bottom of Group B with only a single point from two games, the reigning champions go into the third round of matches needing three points, but know that a win could take them back into one of the two qualifying berths.
Rosenborg bounced back from a 4-0 hammering at Leverkusen in Round 1 to beat Aris 2-1 at home three weeks ago.
The Norwegians have won just once in eight visits to Spain though, and will be wary of an Atlético side back on track after dispatching Getafe 2-0 at the weekend.
Atlético are unbeaten in their last three home games though and hope to extend the run against a Rosenborg side who have only scored once in their last five European away games.
The stats might be on Atleti’s side but they will be without Domínguez as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.
Superstar goalkeeper David De Gea did not train on Tuesday after picking up a thigh injury in training on Monday. The player himself is hopeful he will be able to play but Joel will be on standby in case he is needed between the sticks. Quique doesn’t seem too optimistic.
Surprisingly Álex Campos has been selected as third goalkeeper and will be on the bench tonight in case De Gea is unavailable, and not Atlético B-goalkeeper Iago.
Sergio Agüero is looking likely to return against Rosenborg, as he completes his recovery from injury. The Argentine, who will be making his first appearance in the Europa League since lifting the trophy in Hamburg last May, will be welcomed back into the Atleti side with open arms.
Diego Forlán has looked off-colour and started the Getafe match from the bench, which left us with only Diego Costa in reserve. Kun returned to training on Monday for the first time since injuring his leg and Quique Sánchez Flores will be hopeful that he has his talismanic young Argentine available to kick-start Atlético’s European campaign.
Diego Godín could also be set to return after picking up an injury in our win against Zaragoza last week. Godín was named in the squad to face Getafe but didn’t get off the bench.
Atlético match selection:
Goalkeepers: De Gea, Joel, Álex Campos
Defenders: Valera, Antonio López, Filipe, Godín, Ujfalusi, Perea
Midfielders: Mario Suárez, Tiago, Raúl García, Fran Mérida, Assunçao, Reyes, Simao
Forwards: Forlán, Sergio Agüero and Diego Costa.
Ujfalusi – Perea – Godín – Filipe
Reyes – Tiago – Assunção – Simão
Agüero – Diego Costa
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