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The Daily Rojiblanco: October 11, 2017

Injury news, contract renewals and a shoutout to the ladies.

Ukraine v Croatia - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images
  • A sigh of relief after Vrsaljko injury scare

Fullback Šime Vrsaljko was cleared of any major injury after leaving Croatia’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on Monday. Vrsaljko experienced hamstring tightness during the match, which saw Croatia notch a 2-0 win and secure a spot in a World Cup playoff. Atlético Madrid’s medical staff performed tests on the issue and determined that no major damage had been done.

This is certainly a relief, as Atlético’s defense has seen constant rotation so far this season due to minor injuries. In that same vein, Filipe Luís and Lucas Hernández are training with the team again after hamstring problems of their own.

  • Atlético looking to rework contracts for Carrasco and Thomas

The club is reportedly looking to sign Yannick Carrasco and Thomas Partey to new contracts with the intent to shield them from the wandering eyes of other clubs. Both players are under contract until 2022; Carrasco signed his new pact just last season, and Thomas signed a fresh deal in February with a €36 million buyout.

The Ghanaian has started the season in good form for club and country, and no doubt Atlético will look to raise his clause and possibly Carrasco’s — in addition to healthy wage increases. Now, if we can just get that pesky José Giménez renewal done and dusted...

  • Atlético Femenino extend absolutely dominant run

As noted in a report from Marca, the Atlético Madrid Women have eclipsed 500 days without losing a match in league play. The streak dates back to a May 28, 2016 defeat to Athletic Bilbao, and the women have hardly looked back since — including an unbeaten march to the 2016-17 Liga Iberdrola title.

Meanwhile, our crosstown rivals are still struggling to find their first win in the 29-year history of the competition. Embarrassing.

Hats off to the ladies and this impressive run of form.