Atletico coach says Suarez return close

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Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has confirmed that his striker Luis Suarez is close to making his much anticipated return to action following a positive Covid-19 test.

The Uruguayan tested positive while on international duty earlier this month and has yet to resume training with Madrid.

However, Simeone is convinced that a return to action is imminent ahead of Tuesday’s crunch Uefa Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

“He feels good, he really wants to be back with the boys,” said Simeone.

“The most important thing is that he returns a negative test. If he can’t play tomorrow, he’ll play on Saturday,” added Simeone

“This virus is strange. If he comes back negative tomorrow, he could play for us. He just wants to help the side.”

Suarez’s partner Diego Costa is also missing with deep vein thrombosis.

“Of course Suarez and Costa’s characteristics are those of forwards who can finish off chances the side might create,” said the Argentine coach added.

“We’ve got more goalscorers, though, and we need to use them as best we can.”

Atletico are second in Group A on five points, while Bayern have already qualified for the knockout stages.

Bayern have left both captain Manuel Neuer and top scorer Robert Lewandowski out of the squad for the trip to the Spanish capital.

“We don’t have much margin for error after two draws, one win and a loss. We need to get a result tomorrow. Whatever happens in the other game (Lokomotiv v Salzburg), we need to try and take the game in a direction that allows us to do them damage.

“We’re playing against a Bayern side who play in a lot of competitions and they’ve shown that with their squad selection. We’ll take on whoever they choose to play.

”They have a lot of goalscorers and that’s their big strength,” concluded Simeone.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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