Fran Mérida and Tomas Ujfalusi are on path to full recovery ahead of our Europa League opener against Aris Thessaloniki on Thursday. Fran had already returned to training with the rest of the team, while Ujfa made his way back this morning.
Off the back of our cup successes this year, Atlético will be looking to improve on its domestic performances and will be fighting to defend its Europa League title this season. The summer transfer window ended yesterday, and here is a summary of all of our transactions made with our sights set on a top-four la Liga finish and repeat Europa League glory.
According to several reports in the Spanish media, Fran Mérida, who was set to start in yesterday’s encounter with Sporting, is out for two weeks with a hip injury. Originally listed in manager Quique Sánchez Flores’ starting XI for our la Liga opener, the Catalan broke down prior to kickoff and was removed from the squad, missing out on what was to be his debut at the Vicente Calderón.
Fran Mérida, our first big signing of the the summer, appears to be living up to the hype. The talented young playmaker is reportedly set to start the 2010-11 season on the left wing, getting the nod ahead of Portuguese veteran Simão. The young midfielder signed for Atlético on a free transfer from Arsenal in late May.