In yet another devastating injury blow to Atlético, defender Álvaro Domínguez suffered a Grade II or III left ankle sprain in the dying minutes of yesterday’s U-21 clash between Spain and Croatia. The centre-back has been ruled out of our Liga match against Getafe on Saturday and is almost certain to miss our Europa League bout versus Rosenborg next week.
One more round of international matches, one more Spanish national team devoid of any Atlético Madrid players. While it might be bold to question the decision-making of a world cup champion coach, it’s very difficult to understand why José Antonio Reyes was neglected by Vicente del Bosque this time around.
After an ultimately successful run in the European U19 Championships for Atlético’s cantera, a number of our young players have been called upon to represent their national teams. Mérida, de Gea and Domínguez are among those selected for Spain U21s, while Cabrera could be set to earn his first full cap for Uruguay in a friendly match against Angola.