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Diego Simeone: What injury crisis?

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone remains unconcerned over the growing list of casualties at the club

Things have not gone to plan for Los Rojiblancos with the club registering just the one victory in their opening three La Liga games.

To add to their woes, Atletico have lost several first-team players to injuries ahead of Saturday’s game against Eibar.

Due to this, Simeone has been forced to use two youth players in Andres Solano and Borja Garces with neither of them having ever played a competitive first-team match.

“It’s clear that us here at the club, we accept the challenge and difficulties that we are faced with, those we have while short-staffed,” Simeone told reporters on Sportsmax.

“But let’s not forget that we have a lot going in our favour to be competitive in a competition that is very important, with large numbers in our squad and a lot of players that we have.

“So, we know that ourselves. We accept that challenge and hopefully we can overcome that situation with the players such as Vitolo and Kalinic, who are not with us.”

Atletico were on the receiving end of a lot of criticism following their 2-0 loss at Celta Vigo last time out.

But, while acknowledging he can be wrong at times, Simeone is confident that he has the quality in depth to cover key areas in the squad should they lose even more players to injury.

“I take it [the criticism] well, I can be wrong,” he said. “The criticisms appear because of the result. I accept the position that I have.

“But there is high competition in this team. Rodrigo with Thomas [Partey], Gelson [Martins] with Correa, [Thomas] Lemar with Vitolo, and the central midfielders. I hope I make as few mistakes as possible.”