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Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona, Quarterfinal second leg: Injuries and suspensions

Atletico have overcome a host of injuries and are almost back to full strength

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The best news coming from Atletico's training ground in Madrid this week is that Oliver Torres has received medical clearance to play a part against Barcelona. It is certainly not the most exciting news ever heard but in a game where Atletico desperately need creativity, Torres could be the man to provide that spark if he is given a chance.

Stefan Savic is expected to return with doubt being cast over whether Diego Simeone will chose the Montenegrin or French centre-half Lucas Hernandez, who has deputised well since stepping in for Atletico's injured defenders.

Fernando Torres will miss the clash having been sent off against Barcelona in the first leg and there will be a chance for either Yannick Ferreira Carrasco or Luciano Vietto to fill what has become a huge hole vacated by Torres.


The big news coming out of Barcelona's camp during the build-up to Wednesday's clash was that Gerard Pique missed Monday's training session due to a hip injury. Fears were allayed, however, when news broke that the Spanish international trained with the rest of his teammates on Tuesday. He will play through the injury, which is not ideal considering their other absences.

Rafinha will miss out on the trip to the Calderon due to an abductor strain suffered in Saturday night's loss to Real Sociedad along with oft-injured Thomas Vermaelen and Jeremy Mathieu will also miss out on the second leg as he recovers from surgery on a torn meniscus in his knee.

Alex Vidal and Sandro Ramirez also remain out.