Atletico Madrid defender Kieran Trippier is set to be sidelined for the first leg of the team's UEFA Champions League clash against Liverpool after the club confirmed he underwent successful groin surgery.
Trippier, 29, hasn’t featured for Los Rojiblancos since they lost to rivals Real Madrid on penalties in the final of the Spanish Super Cup on January 12, missing their last three league outings in a row.
AS reported Trippier will miss the visit of defending champions Liverpool on February 18, with Diego Simeone’s side hoping to make it past the round of 16 for the first time since they advanced to the semi-finals in 2017.
It’s suspected the England international will miss around a month while he recuperates following surgery, meaning he could come back into contention for the second-leg visit to Anfield on March 11.
Per the report, he’ll miss league fixtures against Granada, Valencia, Villarreal and Espanyol. Croatia international Sime Vrsaljko will be expected to fill in at right-back after fellow alternative in the position, Santiago Arias, also recently suffered a groin injury.
Simeone may still look to pick Trippier’s brain for any inside knowledge on Liverpool’s players considering the former Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley man will have more experience playing against the Merseysiders. The Englishman has only beaten the Reds once in eight meetings (six defeats), however.
Atletico need all the help they can get their hands on after failing to win any of their last five games, with Simeone’s side undergoing something of a crisis during a transitional period.
They could turn that record around if they manage to defeat the reigning kings of Europe, who are undefeated in their last 12 games.