Key Atletico centre-back Gimenez could miss Champions League clash, Griezmann warns United
Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann has warned Manchester United he is getting back to his best.
Griezmann came on as a late substitute in the first leg in Spain to make his first appearance since December.
Since then he has made three appearances, and while he has not scored, he provided an assist, and Atletico have won all three games.
Speaking to AS, Griezmann is happy with his progress and hinted Atletico have been easing him back in, potentially with a view to the second leg.
The Frenchman explained: “I’m getting minutes, it was important not to relapse. We’re doing things very well and hopefully I can help the team like I’ve been doing lately, with goals and assists.”
He added he was looking forward to playing at Old Trafford, “It’s a very nice stadium, it’s always special, we have the team to do it, we have to fight every minute, we have the potential to do it and be ready for that night.
“We are confident, we are playing well, anyone who comes on as a substitute or starts is doing very well, it is the way to go, to get a great performance from everyone.”
Not simple for Atletico
Atletico are scheduled to fly over to Manchester in the morning, with Diego Simeone holding a press conference around 5.45pm, before Atletico’s players train.
Their preparations for Tuesday night’s game are not straightforward, with injuries and suspensions diminishing their player pool.
AS report in addition to Yannick Carrasco’s ineligibility due to suspension, Daniel Wass, Sime Vrsaljko, Jose Giménez, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Thomas Lemar and Matheus Cunha all were not involved with the main training ground and expected to miss the game. Angel Correa is also battling an ankle injury.
Giménez’s potential absence is the big news. AS report he will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness, but it is not trending in the right direction.
The 27-year-old started for Atletico against Cadiz on Friday but did not complete the game after picking up a calf problem.
The 75-time capped Uruguay international would be a huge miss for Atletico. He has more than 242 appearances for the club and has inherited the defensive leader mantle from countryman an ex-teammate Diego Godin.
32-year-old defender Felipe, a 2019 signing from Porto, would replace Gimenez alongside Stefan Savic in central defence.