Santander League: Joao Flix, first loss of Atlético in 'preseason' | LaLiga Santander 2019

The Portuguese suffered a ligament sprain, his third injury of the course, and was away for about three weeks. It was already low due to yellow accumulation for the return in San Mams.

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Joao Flix, during an Atlético training.

Joao Flix is ​​the first injured in the Atlantic in this unexpected pseudo-season that the Covid crisis- 19 has provided football. The young Portuguese felt discomfort after Saturday's training and has not taken part in Monday's. Medical tests have revealed that he suffers from a "low-grade medial collateral ligament of the left knee," according to the club's medical report, and was around three weeks off. In other words, if everything goes correctly, return in time for the duel in Pamplona against Osasuna the second day of this 11-game summer league without the public.

Joao was not expected for the long-awaited return against Athletic, in San Mams. The Portuguese saw his fifth yellow card that last afternoon of March 7, against Sevilla (2-2) in a sunny and crowded Metropolitan Wanda. His was precisely the last league goal for Atlético, half an hour after the game, after a robbery and counterattack by Koke and a crossed left-footed shot by him. It was, also, the last roar of the rojiblanco stadium which, in principle, still has about a month to host a football game again (against Valladolid ).

It is The first physical setback of the Atlantic in this progressive set-up. However, it is not Joao Flix's first mishap this season. Between October and November he was out for a month with a sprained ankle, missing six games. And a muscle injury in his right leg, shortly after opening the year, took him off for almost another month, missing four duels, including the Champions League first leg against Liverpool.

"Maybe I deviated a bit"

Just a week ago, Joao, the most expensive signing in the history of the Atlético, when paying 126 million to Benfica, spoke on television of the Lisbon club about his impressions of those first months in Madrid. "On Benfica TV, the television of his old club, the player explained how his arrival in Madrid was and how he managed to meet again." I am still the same but there are things that have changed. At first it was strange. Leaving the country was difficult, he was not used to it. Maybe I deviated a little, but I returned to my place, "he admits.

If the coronavirus had not broken in, this Monday would have been the first day of vacation for Joao, the author of six goals this season (four in LaLiga) and three assists (one in each competition), and the rest of the LaLiga teammates. Now, however, it will be time to start their recovery process to arrive on time for that second rojiblanco match in Pamplona, ​​despite the fact that the rojiblanco club it has not established recovery terms.

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