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Morata Sidelined: Atlético’s Injury Woe
- Updated: February 13, 2024
Atlético Madrid has been dealt a blow with the news that their striker Álvaro Morata will be sidelined for approximately three weeks due to a knee injury sustained during their recent 1-0 defeat against Sevilla. The club confirmed that Morata has suffered a bone contusion and sprained the internal lateral ligament of his right knee, forcing him to miss crucial upcoming fixtures.
Morata, who is currently joint-top scorer in the Champions League this season with five goals from six matches, is determined to make a swift recovery in time for Atlético’s second leg of the Champions League round-of-16 tie against Inter Milan on March 13. However, he will be unavailable for the first leg scheduled for February 20.
The severity of Morata’s injury was evident as he was forced to leave the pitch in tears during the 46th minute of the game against Sevilla. Atlético Madrid has not provided a specific timeline for Morata’s return, stating that he underwent an MRI scan to assess the extent of the injury and is awaiting further treatment.
At 31 years old, Morata not only serves as a vital asset for Atlético in the Champions League but also leads the team’s goal-scoring charts in LaLiga this season. With 13 goals in 22 matches, Morata’s absence will undoubtedly be felt by Diego Simeone’s side as they navigate through a crucial phase of the season.
The setback comes at a challenging time for Atlético Madrid, who are currently competing on multiple fronts both domestically and in Europe. Morata’s absence leaves a void in the team’s attacking lineup and presents a significant challenge for Simeone to overcome.
Despite the setback, Atlético Madrid remains optimistic about Morata’s eventual return to action. The club is hopeful that with the appropriate treatment and rehabilitation, Morata will be able to make a full recovery and resume his crucial role within the team.
In the meantime, Atlético Madrid will need to rely on their squad depth and tactical adjustments to compensate for Morata’s absence. Simeone will likely explore alternative options in attack to maintain the team’s competitiveness in both LaLiga and the Champions League during Morata’s absence.
As the club awaits further updates on Morata’s condition, the focus remains on ensuring his recovery and eventual return to action. Atlético Madrid will be hoping for a swift and successful rehabilitation process for their influential striker as they continue to pursue their ambitions in both domestic and European competitions.
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By- Sahiba Suri