Atlético Madrid center back Felipe Monteiro has suffered a knee injury while training with Brazil.
The Seleção medical team was concerned that the 32-year-old had done serious damage to ligaments in his knee, but concerns have been allayed with suggestions now that he has a small, partial tear of a lateral ligament. There were fears that Felipe’s meniscus was affected too, but it turns out that after an initial diagnosis, the knee injury will only keep him out for around 10 days.
The Copa America final is not until July 11, and should Brazil make it, Felipe will be available for that. In the meantime, he will miss Brazil’s game against Colombia, along with their clash against Ecuador. He should, in theory, be back for a possible quarterfinal on July 2.
In other news
Héctor Herrera is drawing attention from Porto, Rennes, and clubs in Mexico, according to Diario AS.
The Mexico-born midfielder has not been able to nail down a starting position with Atlético despite his versatility. His contract expires next season, and Atlético will have to make a decision on his future if they want to make money from transferring the player.
Rodrigo De Paul is on his way to Atlético, and it seems chances to play will be even more limited next season for Herrera once that deal is finalized after the Copa America.
Atlético are staying firm on their asking price for Kieran Trippier and will not be selling for less than €50 million. With two years left on the player’s current deal, they are in no hurry to part ways with one of the most important players in the squad.
Atlético paid €22 million for the right-back two seasons ago, and he has been nothing short of a resounding success. Trippier missed some time last season due to a suspension and Atlético suffered massively in his absence. Diego Simeone sees him as vital to his system, and Manchester United will either have to cough up the asking price or look elsewhere.
João Félix can’t seem to catch a break. He didn’t even come off the bench against Hungary as Portugal swept them aside 3-0, and he missed the Germany game on Saturday due to a muscle injury — his fifth injury in 2020/21. None of the problems have been serious, but they have resulted in Félix missing time and getting chances to find form — part of the reason why the 21-year-old has struggled to adapt to the physicality Simeone requires.