Hermoso, Felipe to be on Atletico’s defense vs Leganes
Atletico Madrid's players Brazilian Felipe Monteiro (C) and British Kieran Trippier (2R) attend the team's training session at Wanda Sports City in Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain, Aug. 21, 2019. EPA-EFE/ Sebastian Mariscal
Atletico Madrid players attend the team's training session at Wanda Sports City in Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain, Aug. 21, 2019. EPA-EFE/ Sebastian Mariscal
Atletico Madrid palyers attend the team's training session at Wanda Sports City in Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain, Aug. 21, 2019. EPA-EFE/Sebastian Mariscal
Atletico Madrid's Argentine forward Angel Correa (C) and teammates attend the team's training session at Wanda Sports City in Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain, Aug. 21, 2019. EPA-EFE/ Sebastian Mariscal
Madrid, Aug 21 (efe-epa).- Atletico Madrid defenders Mario Hermoso and Felipe Monteiro might be the La Liga side’s new defense in the upcoming league game against Leganes.
Hermoso, who signed with Atletico from Espanyol, arrived at the Spanish club supported with his versatility to play as a center-back and a left-back.
The 24-year-old came to replace Lucas Hernandez of France who joined the ranks of Bayern Munich.
The Spain international is set to start the game against Leganes that is to be held at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on Sunday.
Hermoso will be making his first competitive starting line-up for Atleti to compensate the absence of Brazilian defender Renan Lodi, who has been handed a two-match ban for being booked twice and sent off during his team's season opener last week.
Meanwhile, Monteiro has taken part in the first two training sessions of the week instead of defender Stefan Savic of Montenegro, who is still going through recovery.
The game would also include Kieran Trippier and Jose Maria Gimenez on the defense line.
In addition to Savic, Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic did not participate in the session, as his future at the club is yet to be clarified. Argentine Angel Correa trained normally with the team.
Diego Costa has served his eight-match ban for insulting a referee and was expelled from Camp Nou stadium during the match against Barcelona.
However, he will still be sidelined in the game against Leganes due to a muscle injury he sustained during the friendly against Juventus on Aug. 10.
Without Costa, the front line for Leganes would be the same as that of the season opener with Alvaro Morata and Joao Felix.
The midfield would remain unchanged, with Koke Resurreccion, Saul Ñiguez, Thomas Partey and Thomas Lemar. EFE