When Simeone had not yet finished assimilating the loss of Luis Suárez, positive for coronavirus being concentrated with the Uruguayan team, this Wednesday he suffered another setback: Lucas Torreira also tested positive. The midfielder underwent the PCR test upon arrival in Madrid and has isolated himself at home as soon as he learned the result, as confirmed by Atlético de Madrid in a statement. The forward has not yet landed in Spain as he learned of his case in Uruguay and is there waiting to travel.
The two Uruguayan players are asymptomatic and in quarantine, but they will miss the game against Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano this Saturday (9:00 pm). If they were to win, the colchoneros would lead the Catalans by 9 points, opening a considerable gap in just eight days.
The 24-year-old midfielder has played all three qualifying matches for Qatar 2022 with the sky blue team during the national team break. The last, this Tuesday, was the defeat of his team against Brazil (0-2), in which he played 60 minutes. His club mates José María Giménez and Renan Lodi were also on the pitch.
Since signing for Atlético, in the middle of Thomas’s departure, Torreira had not managed to gain a foothold in Simeone’s eleven. He has only started one game, his debut against Celta (2-0), and on several occasions he has been a resource for the last minutes. In the match against Osasuna, he jumped onto the field with five minutes remaining and gave him time to debut as a scorer with Atlético.