Diego Simeone is facing a mounting injury crisis at Atlético after José María Giménez was ruled out for at least a month on Monday after undergoing tests on an injury picked up in the 0-0 draw against Eibar at the weekend.
The Uruguay international has suffered a “grade I-II muscle injury in his right thigh adductor,” the club confirmed in a statement and will miss the Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona and is a doubt for the Champions League last 16 first leg at Bayer Leverkusen on February 21.
Simeone down to 15 outfield players
Atlético are under a Fifa-imposed transfer ban in January and with Augusto Fernández, Jan Oblak and Tiago on the sidelines – added to the absence of Thomas Partey, on international duty with Ghana – Simeone has only 15 outfield players available ahead for crucial upcoming fixtures.
One of those is Alessio Cerci, who is completely out of favour after recovering from a serious knee injury and has only featured for 26 minutes in the cup against third-tier Guijuelo this season.
Adding to Simeone’s problems is a knock picked up by Ángel Correa against Eibar, although tests confirmed that he should be able to resume training this week.
Gabi, Saúl and Koke
In the meantime Gabi is one caution away from a suspension in the Copa del Rey and Koke and Saúl are walking an equally fine line in La Liga.