Atlético de Madrid and the injuries that complicate their defenses

Planning a team can get complicated when injuries take their toll on their players. Atlético de Madrid is going through a bad run with its best defenses.

Last update: 21 September, 2022

Although the official competitions began just over a month ago, there are teams and players who already have headaches with casualties. Such is the case of Atlético de Madrid and the injuries to their defenders, who have not been able to sign a sheet in several of the games played.

For a couple of years, the football calendar is increasingly demanding for the protagonists. If there is not enough rotation, the necessary precautions are taken or, even in the face of a bad run, physical ailments can complicate the performance of any squad.

The various injuries of the Atlético defenders

The Uruguayan José María Giménez and the Serbian Stefan Savic are two key pieces in Diego Simeone’s defensive scaffolding. Nevertheless, the return to competition has seen them more in the infirmary than in the field, due to various injuries that we will analyze below.

Tonsillitis, the first false step of the Uruguayan

Missing a match due to tonsillitis is not common in football. However, it can happen, just as José María Giménez suffered on the first date of La Liga.

This disease consists of a viral or bacterial infection of the tonsils. In addition to pain, it usually causes fever and difficulty speaking and swallowing food.

In most cases, tonsillitis completely resolves within 3 to 5 days after starting medical treatment. Giménez’s picture was more severe and demanded approximately 10 days of inactivity for the defender.

Lumbar problems for Josema Giménez

Three weeks after recovering from tonsillitis, the defender suffered lumbar problems that kept him off the pitch. In this case, the injury arose after a match against Porto in the Champions League. According to the soccer player, the pain begins in a nerve and spreads downwards.

Nerve pinching occurs when excessive pressure is exerted on the surrounding areas. For example, it could be due to a blow to a muscle, a tendon or a bone, as happened to the Atlético de Madrid defender.

How is a pinched nerve treated? Generally, conservative treatments are used, with rest and physiotherapy. This is a condition that can take several days or weeks to resolve.

The pinching of the sciatic nerve, in the lower back, causes lumbociatalgia.


Savic and his karma with muscle injuries

The 31-year-old Serbian defender had several muscle injuries in the last months of 2021. However, these problems had not affected him again until August 2022.

Stefan Savic has injured his thigh in a match against Villarreal. Taking into account that he has been out for a month, it was obviously a considerable muscle injury, such as a tear.

There are several types of tears, depending on the severity of the injury. This is determined according to the number of muscle fibers that break down. They range from grade 1 (the least serious, with minimal tears) to grade 3 (the most severe, with total muscle tears that are treated with surgery). The intermediate is grade 2, which occurs with partial muscle tears.

And why can a muscle tear occur? They are the result of excessive stretching that exceeds the resistance of the muscle fibers. They also influence weakness, stiffness and muscle fatigue.



Reguilón, another injury target at Atlético de Madrid

Sergio Reguilón is one of the latest additions to Atlético de Madrid, but injuries have not allowed him to make his debut yet. Specifically, he is a single, a pubalgia, which was operated on at the end of August.

Pubalgia is a physical ailment that affects the groin area. As usual, It occurs when the muscles become overloaded after making repeated movements. If you are not in good physical condition, if the warm-up prior to activity is poor or if there is muscle weakness in the area, the risk of suffering from it increases.

How is it treated? The conservative approach includes physical therapy and electrostimulation. In addition, anti-inflammatories may be prescribed for severe pain. Finally, for the most serious conditions, surgery may be necessary to reduce the pressure in the area.

Pubalgia is common in soccer. However, in medicine the origin of the ailment is still not clear.

The “Atleti” faces injuries of all kinds

Only with the three footballers mentioned, we have talked about infectious diseases, traumatic and muscular injuries. Of course, several factors come together in the appearance of each one.

The positive of the case is that they all demand a recovery of weeks. Therefore, Giménez, Savic and Reguilón will be able to be on the field to defend their teams and national teams after a few rehabilitation sessions.

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