Luis Suarez was excluded from the Atletico Madrid squad for the Champions League duel with Bayern Munich on Tuesday after returning another positive coronavirus test. (Football news)
The Uruguayan international has missed Atletico’s last three games, including a reunion with former club Barcelona after signing COVID-19 while away from his country.
Although Suarez is not on Atletico’s 22-man squad list released on Monday, head coach Diego Simeone is not completely ruling out the striker.
« This virus is strange. It is possible that tomorrow he will test negative and be fit. He has trained and wants to help the team, « Simeone said at his pre-game press conference.
« We’ll have to wait and see what happens and then let you know. I spoke to him yesterday and he felt good and wanted to be with the rest of the team.
« The most important thing is that he is okay. If he doesn’t play tomorrow, he’ll play on Saturday. «
Suarez was in good shape for Atletico before being eliminated. He scored five goals in his first six LaLiga games after joining Barca for a small fee in September.
The 33-year-old is 1. 2 goals per 90 minutes is the highest of any player in the division who has played at least three games. Manu Vallejo from Valencia (1). 02) next best.
His six league goals come from 22 shots, eight of which fell on goal. Both were the most of any Atleti player that season.
Bayern are also without a key player for the clash of Group A, as Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso did not make the trip to the Spanish capital.
Alphonso Davies and Joshua Kimmich are not available to a Bayern team that has already finished first, but Simeone insists the contest owners cannot be taken lightly.
« The selection of the squad is a decision of the Bayern coach, » he said. « This Bayern team knows how to survive in every game they play.
« They have very good players and almost all of their attackers are available, with lots of goals in the side. That is a great strength that they have. «
Atletico have five points from the same number of games and are two ahead of third-placed Lokomotiv Moscow, who will host Salzburg on Tuesday.
Bayern won the second leg 4-0 with Atleti last month but Simeone wants his side to take the game to their opponents and stay on track to a place in the last 16.
« In football you need strength, » he said. « After two draws, one defeat and one win, our lead is short. We need points.
« Whatever the results in the previous games, we have to see where we can do damage against Bayern. «
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