A plague of injuries, that is the case for the big three in LaLiga Santander this season.
Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona are experiencing a start to the season which has hit them very hard in that regard.
The pressure of the World Cup in Russia, travel schedules, the short summer break, pre-season requirements, unlucky incidents in games… everything is contributing and taking its toll.
That is why these sides have been ‘broken’ at the start of the season.
We are just a few months into the campaign and the stars of the big three are frequently ending up on the treatment table.
Atletico: 12 injured players
“In all of the important teams there are injuries so we try to work and ensure that the players can be in the best possible condition,” Diego Simeone argued when attempting to explain the fitness crisis.
He is right, of course, but Atletico are suffering worse than the others with injuries.
Twelve players have already been sidelined since the season started.
Recent games have been particularly harmful to them because in the last week alone seven players (Lucas, Jose Gimenez, Stefan Savic, Thomas Lemar, Koke, Diego Godin and Diego Costa) have all been ruled out through injury.
That represents too many ailments in such a short period of time.
Those constant injuries are putting a dent in the mood of the group and have caused tension within the dressing room.
- 12 injured players
- 18 injuries suffered
- 12 muscle injuries
- 6 impact injuries
The Rojiblancos‘ problems are mostly muscular ones and since the start of the season, they have suffered 12 injuries of this kind.
Gimenez is the standout example, having already fallen foul of four separate muscle injuries.
The latest came in the Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night.
Atletico players who have been injured
- Arias. September 9. Impact injury. He was injured on international duty against Venezuela when he sustained a rib fracture. 20 days out.
- Vitolo. August 20. Impact injury. He suffered torsional trauma in his left knee during a game against Valencia. 37 days out.
- Vitolo. October 1. Relapse. Despite having received the medical all-clear from his Mestalla injury, he suffered a relapse with a ligament sprain. 20 days out.
- Kalinic. September 7. Impact injury. The Croatian suffered a sprain to his right ankle during training. 15 days out.
- Juanfran. August 25. Muscle injury. Pulled a muscle in his left thigh. 10 days out.
- Correa September 11. Impact injury. Picked up a discomfort in his left knee on international duty. Featured next time out against Eibar.
- Savic. September 10. Impact injury. During an international fixture with Montenegro, picked up a hepatoma in his leg following a hefty collision. 45 days out.
- Savic. November 5. Muscle injury. Sustained a muscle contusion to the damaged area.
- Gimenez. September 25. Muscle injury. Substituted against Huesca with a muscle strain but did play the derby four days later.
- Gimenez. October 3. Muscle injury. Substituted against Brugge with another muscle pull, injuring his left hamstring. 16 days out.
- Gimenez. October 22. Muscle injury. Hurt his sciatic nerve. 13 days out.
- Gimenez. November 6. Muscle injury. Another muscle injury, this time to his thigh.
- Diego Costa. October 3. Muscle injury. Picked up a strain to his left thigh. 20 days out.
- Diego Costa. November 1. Muscle injury. Another adductor strain kept him out. 10 days out.
- Godin. November 1. Muscle injury. Muscular strain. 10 days out.
- Koke. November 1. Muscle injury. Pulled a muscle in his thigh.
- Lemar. November 5. Muscle injury. Muscular discomfort.
- Lucas Hernandez. November 6. Muscle injury. Another thigh muscle injury.
Real Madrid: 12 muscle injuries among eight players
Nine players have missed time through injury across the side since the season began.
The first occurred in pre-season when Alvaro Odriozola, recently signed from Real Sociedad, was injured on August 5 with a thigh injury.
Real Madrid’s injuries
- Nine injured players
- 14 injuries suffered
- 12 muscle injuries
- One impact injury
- One illness
Marcelo, Raphael Varane and Mariano have been the most recent recipients of injury after El Clasico on October 28.
The left-back suffered a hamstring problem in his right leg, Varane was ruled out with a muscle issue in his thigh, while Mariano has missed time with an injury to the femoral biceps of his right leg.
Just as at Atletico, it is muscle injuries that are proving most problematic for Los Blancos.
They have suffered 12 of those type of injuries among eight players: Gareth Bale (2), Marcelo (2), Dani Carvajal (2), Jesus Vallejo (2), Karim Benzema, Mariano, Varane and Odriozola.
Real Madrid players who have been injured
- Odriozola. August 5. Muscle injury. Grade one injury to his right thigh. 21 days out.
- Odriozola. September 24. Impact injury. Received a strong blow during training. One week out.
- Vallejo. August 8. Muscle injury. Grade two injury to his lower hamstring. 38 days out.
- Vallejo. October 26. Muscle injury. Muscle strain in his right leg. Three weeks out.
- Carvajal. September 19. Muscle injury. Kept him out for 10 days.
- Carvajal. October 2. Muscle injury. Another muscle tear away to Moscow was more serious. 6 weeks out.
- Isco. September 25. Underwent an operation. 25 days out.
- Marcelo. September 26. Muscle injury. Sustained an injury to his right calf. 23 days out.
- Marcelo. October 28. Muscle injury. Another right leg muscle injury, this time to the thigh. Three weeks out.
- Bale. September 29. Muscle injury. Pulled a muscle in his right thigh. One week out.
- Bale. October 6. Muscular fatigue. Replaced against Alaves as a precaution. Didn’t play any of Wales’ games at Real’s request. Two weeks out.
- Benzema. October 6. Muscle injury. Replaced against Alaves at half-time with an injury to his right hamstring. Two weeks out.
- Varane. October 28. Muscle injury. Another right leg muscle problem robbed Real of another defender. One month out.
- Mariano. October 28. Muscle injury. A thigh injury to the right leg. Three weeks out.
Barcelona: Messi, Coutinho, Suarez… but fewer injuries
This week, Philippe Coutinho was the latest big name to fall after the game against Inter, when he admitted feeling some discomfort.
He will be out for up three weeks due to a hamstring strain in his left leg that was picked up in medical tests.
It is a sensitive absentee for Ernesto Valverde, who has already been without six players through injury.
- 7 injured players
- 7 injuries suffered
- 3 muscle injuries
- 4 impact injuries
One was Lionel Messi who has yet to return from breaking a bone in his arm against Sevilla on October 20, although he could do so the weekend.
He is already back in training with his teammates but has yet to play since the injury, despite travelling with the side to Milan for their midweek Champions League clash.
Of the three big sides, Barcelona have suffered the least amount of injuries.
So far, seven players have suffered some kind of mishap, two less that Real and five fewer than Atletico.
In addition, the muscular problems are much less frequent at the Camp Nou, with the Madrid sides having 12 apiece, while that number is just three for the Azulgrana.
Barcelona players who have been injured
- Malcom. September 3. Impact injury. Sprained the lateral ligament of his right ankle.
- Umtiti. September 28. Impact injury. Problems in the cartilage of his left knee.
- Sergi Roberto. September 29. Muscle injury. Elongated the anterior hamstring muscle of his right leg. 21 days out.
- Luis Suarez. October 8. Impact injury. Discomfort in his right knee. 12 days out.
- Vermaelen. October 12. Muscle injury. One of the many muscle issues he has sustained, a fibrillary rupture to his thigh. Six weeks out.
- Messi. October 20. Impact injury. Fractured the radius of his right arm. Three weeks out.
- Coutinho. November 6. Muscle injury. Sidelined with an injury to his left hamstring. Two to three weeks out.
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