Sporting Lisbon visit the Metropolitano on Thursday for the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final tie between the sides not only looking for a positive result but also at risk of losing half a dozen of their key players ahead of the return leg in the José Alvalade next week.
Jorge Jesús has risk containment to consider across all lines of his side, with the forwards perhaps the most affected. Both Bas Dost and Gelson Martins, two of his most trusted and effective attackers, are a caution away from missing the return leg and between them have accounted for 42 of Sporting’s goals in 2017-18.
Jesús praying for clean disciplinary sheet
Midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who has 13 goals to his name this season, also has to tread carefully on Atlético’s turf while Carlos Acuña, who has added five from the left-hand side, is also at risk of suspension.
Jesús also has issues at the back, with starting full back and former Real Madrid player Fabio Coentrao in the same boat and defensive midfielder Ricardo Battaglia, who forms a partnership in the engine room with William Carvalho, also at risk of missing the return leg.
Diego Simeone, meanwhile, has only Ángel Correa on his list of potential absentees through suspension for the return game in Lisbon.