Diego Simeone has just 13 first-team players available — including two goalkeepers — for his side’s first-ever trip to Huesca on Saturday evening.
Atlético Madrid suffered a big blow midweek with injuries to Saúl and Vitolo — not to mention heartbreaking Copa del Rey elimination at the Wanda Metropolitano. Training on Thursday and Friday created even more problems as Nikola Kalinić (tonsillitis) and Gelson Martins (muscular injury) join Saúl, Vitolo, Filipe Luís, Stefan Savić and Diego Costa on the sidelines. As such, Simeone has called up several academy players to fill out the numbers while his walking wounded recovers. Considering all the injuries, Cholo’s 11 will essentially pick itself for this critical away game.
Perhaps fortunately for Atlético, their opponent Saturday has been bottom of LaLiga for months and has just a 23 percent chance to stay in the top flight. Atleti won the reverse against Huesca back in September, a 3-0 stroll with goals from Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Partey and Koke.
Possible (likely) XI
Oblak; Arias, Giménez, Godín, Lucas; Thomas P, Rodri, Koke, Lemar; Griezmann, Correa.
Huesca 0-1 Atlético.
How to watch
Date: Jan. 19, 2019
Location: Estadio El Alcoraz, Huesca, Spain
Kickoff time: 6:30 p.m. CET, 5:30 p.m. GMT, 12:30 p.m. EST, 9:30 a.m. PST
SB Nation opposition blog: N/A
Available TV/streaming: beIN LaLiga, beIN Sports Connect (Spain), Eleven Sports 1, Eleven Sports LaLiga TV (United Kingdom), fubo.tv, beIN Sports (United States), beIN Sports Connect (France), Canal+ Sport 3 Afrique (Ghana), DAZN (Italy), Setanta Sports Eurasia (Kazakhstan), Guangdong Sports Channel (China).