Atlético Madrid on Sunday named its squad to travel to Germany and take on Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League this Tuesday. The 19 selections made by Diego Simeone are below:
As is ever the case with Atlético, there’s both good news and bad news. The good: Jan Oblak is ready to go, and about a month ahead of schedule. The Slovene dislocated his left shoulder in a 3-0 loss at Villarreal on Dec. 12, but he returned to training last week and has been given the all-clear by the medical staff. Deputy Miguel Ángel Moyá’s form has slipped in recent weeks and a healthy Oblak is among the best goalkeepers on the continent. His return is a huge boost to Atleti.
Now the not-so-good news: Diego Godín has failed to recover from the groin injury he suffered at Barcelona on Feb. 7. He is not in the squad to play Tuesday despite initial optimism that he would regain fitness in time, which means Stefan Savić will be paired with one of José Giménez or Lucas Hernández (who is in the squad despite a looming court date) at BayArena. The Savić-Lucas pairing has started Atlético’s past two league games - wins against Celta Vigo and Sporting Gijón. The duo were pretty poor in the 3-2 thriller vs. Celta but looked more in control over the course of Atleti’s 4-1 win in Gijón on Saturday.