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The setback against Porto left another bad news for Atlético de Madrid. LemarOne of the footballers in the best shape, if not the best, had to be replaced in the first half due to a sore thigh. This Thursday tests have been carried out that have determined that he suffers “a muscle injury with no evidence of tear.”

The midfielder falls from the group dynamics and will go on to perform individualized physiotherapy and rehabilitation work. Just when he was going through his best moment, with gallons in the team, the Frenchman suffered a brake. The club sticks to being “pending evolution” and the player will miss some games. Lemar's injury, the brightest against Villarreal and decisive with his goal in 99 'against Espanyol, open the door from eleven to From Paul. The Argentine was his substitute against Porto and he is not having the minutes he wanted when he arrived.

The calendar is very tight, with five games ahead in just two weeks. And the coaching staff is clear that, with the squad that exists, it is not necessary to force the return of any of the hits. An optimistic estimate is that Lemar will return to Barça on Saturday 2. If not, he will do so after the selection break, for which it is also a doubt.

It is the Frenchman's first injury so far this year (with France he suffered stomach problems), although In the previous two seasons, he did suffer episodes of muscle ailments that slowed him down, also sometimes when he was very well, as in the final stretch of the last league.