Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will meet for the first Madrid derby of the season on Sunday. Whilst coming early in the season, this has not prevented the two teams from arriving into the match with a number of absences.
Real Madrid are in a head-to-head duel with Barcelona that is reminiscent of those high-scoring leagues of the teams led by Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, where any dropped point was a catastrophe.
Los Colchoneros, for their part, do not want to fall out of the top half of the table, as they currently occupy seventh position.
Atletico Madrid’s absentees for the derby
Diego Simeone‘s side have four players on the treatment table, but they do have one piece of positive news: the return of Jan Oblak, who has missed the last two games.
The absences of Thomas Lemar and Sergio Reguilon come as no surprise, as they continue their respective recovery processes for muscular ailments.
There was hope for Stefan Savic and Jose Maria Gimenez, but the two defenders will once again be out of action.
The derby will be the sixth game that the Montenegrin has missed, while the Uruguayan will be out for the third match in succession.
Real Madrid’s absentees for the derby
For Real Madrid, the absentees are fewer in number, but perhaps more important.
There was a little hope anyway at Real Madrid about Karim Benzema‘s recovery, but that was dashed when the Frenchman did not train on Saturday morning, and his absence was confirmed in the squad list published a few hours later.
The forward has been out for three games following his injury against Celtic, and it is hoped that he will be available after the international break.
Lucas Vazquez is the other first-team player that Carlo Ancelotti will not be able to count on. The Spaniard suffered an injury four days ago to his right thigh.
This has led to the inclusion of Alvaro Odriozola in the squad, who, barring a surprise, will act as a reserve right-back, with Dani Carvajal starting.