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Joao Félix is back in the contest for Atlético de Madrid after being sidelined by coronavirus, Diego Simeone has confirmed.
Portuguese international Joao Félix was confirmed to have tested positive for the virus on February 3, forcing him to miss two games for the LaLiga leaders.
The first was a 2-2 draw at home to Celta de Vigo, who scored a late draw, before Atleti beat Granada 2-1 in Andalusia on Saturday to stay five points clear at the top with two games. in hand against the second classified Real Madrid. .
Moussa Dembele, Thomas Lemar and Héctor Herrera were confirmed to have the virus within five days of the return of Joao Félix’s results, but the situation has had minimal impact on the team’s performances on the field.
Next up is a trip to Levante on Wednesday, before hosting Paco López’s men at the weekend, followed by the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 with Chelsea.
Simeone is not sure if Joao Félix will participate on Wednesday, but he was glad to have him back.
He is back
– Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 16, 2021
“He hasn’t had many symptoms that have left him unable to train at home, that’s why he’s been working with the coaches since the fourth day [of his absence]”Simeone told reporters.
“He’s anxious and excited, he’s healthy. It’s great to have him tomorrow, but tomorrow we’ll decide what to do with him.”
Attention soon turned to Atlético’s other key attacker this season, Luis Suárez, who has recently been the subject of reports claiming that the Uruguayan has a clause in his contract that would allow him to walk away with a free transfer at the end of the season. .
Simeone didn’t seem impressed that they even asked the question.
“I don’t usually talk about personal contracts,” Simeone said.
“I talk about how to attack, how to play, but I don’t interfere in personal matters.”