Atletico Madrid facing serious impediment to fitness work over World Cup

Atletico Madrid will return to preparations for their La Liga restart after the World Cup without fitness guru and long-time coach Oscar Ortega.

‘El Profe’ will be allowed to go to Qatar with Uruguay after the coach negotiated matters with Atleti boss Miguel Angel Marin. Ortega filled in to help Diego Alonso during the last two international breaks following the dismissal of Oscar Tabarez.

Marca say that Ortega has persuaded the club to allow him to leave, with the implication that Ortega will continue to plan sessions for Los Colchoneros and stay abreast of all developments in Madrid.

Diego Simeone’s team will have a two-week holiday after finishing La Liga for the World Cup, after which they will return to work at the end of November. Up to 14 of the group can also leave for Qatar.

Ortega’s absence may not go down well with some Atletico fans. Los Rojiblancos have once again struggled with injuries this season and several key players such as Marcos Llorente, Koke Resurreccion, Thomas Lemar, Jose Maria Gimenez and Stefan Savic are all missing at various points for several weeks during this first division of the season.

Although the tight schedule is probably part of it, injuries have become a serious problem for Atletico Madrid in recent seasons and this may not alleviate these problems in a unique and unusual season.

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