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Atletico’s injury list gives Simeone concern

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ALVARO Morata picked up a knock on  Tuesday’s 2-0 win at home to Girona – and could now miss Atletico Madrid’s encounter with Barcelona.

Atletico did not state how long the Spain striker would be sidelined but reports in Spanish media ruled him out of action for two weeks, adding to the team’s shortages in attack ahead of the game that could make or break their title ambitions.

“The medical report indicates that [Morata] suffered an ankle sprain,” said a club statement. “The striker is pending response to treatment.”

Atletico trail Barca by eight points with eight games left but Diego Costa faces a battle to be fit after missing the Girona win with a muscle problem, while France winger Thomas Lemar is not expected back from injury for another two weeks.

Antoine Griezmann, the club’s top scorer this season, and Croatian forward Niko Kalinic are coach Diego Simeone’s only fit forwards for the trip to the Nou Camp, where Atletico have not won in any competition since 2006.

Meanwhile, former Barca star David Villa has claimed Lionel Messi is the best player ever.

Barcelona currently have an eight-point lead in La Liga over Atletico Madrid ahead of Saturday’s showdown between the sides and also face Manchester United in the Champions League quarter-final this month.

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