Cadena Cope (via Mundo Deportivo) are reporting that Alvaro Morata is a doubt for Atletico Madrid’s clash against Liverpool in the Champions League on February 18th.
The Reds will travel to the Wanda Metropolitano in a couple of week as they look to continue the defence of their European trophy.
And it looks as though they have been handed a boost, as Morata is now a doubt for the match.
The former Chelsea striker was subbed off during the Madrid derby, and that is said to be down to a muscle injury in the right leg.
The source states that he is expected to return in two weeks, but he is facing a race to prove his fitness before the Champions League clash.
Los Rojiblancos have been particularly disappointing in front of goal this term – they have managed just 22 goals in La Liga, which is only better than five other sides – but Morata has not done too badly.
It is not just his absence which will be a huge blow to Diego Simeone, though – now, he must decide who will replace him. Both Diego Costa and Joao Felix are currently unavailable due to injuries as well.
It is now likely that right winger Angel Correa – who has just three goals in La Liga so far – or Ivan Saponjic – who has made just two appearances for the club to date – will line up against the European champions.
As the Premier League leaders and current holders of this trophy, Liverpool were already favourites to progress as it was, but Atletico’s lack of a natural striker makes it even more likely that they will prevail.
They aren’t exactly prolific even with Morata, Costa or Felix – without any of them, they could very well be toothless.
With the Reds almost having the English top tier sewn up – they currently have a 22-point lead at the top with just 13 matches left – they may even be able to relax a little in the first knockout round of this European competition as well.