Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has received a major fillip ahead of the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Barcelona on Wednesday night (13 April), when Oliver became the latest of his players to receive the all-clear. The suspended Fernando Torres and Jose Maria Gimenez are thus the only likely major absentees for the match against the Catalans, with long-term injury worry Stefan Savic even training with the rest of the team on Monday and in line for a call-up.
Simeone's side host Barcelona in search for a victory to make the semi-finals after they lost 2-1 in the first leg at the Nou Camp, when Luis Suarez scored a brace after Fernando Torres was sent off just minutes a.
to make the semi-finals after they lost 2-1 in the first leg played last week at the Nou Camp, with Luis Suarez scoring a brace after Fernando Torres was sent off earlier in the first-half just minutes later after he opened the scoring.
The morale around the Atletico camp is better than Barcelona's right now, after they took advantage of Barca's slip to Real Sociedad at the weekend to close the gap at the top of La Liga to just three points with a 3-1 win over Espanyol. The injury situation also favours Los Colchoneros after Barcelona reveale Rafinha and Thomas Vermalen will miss the game, alongside the likes of Jeremy Mathieu, Aleix Vidal and Sandro Ramirez.
Simeone, however, has seen Diego Godin return to action recently and is expected to have both Oliver and Savic available for the Wednesday encounter.
Oliver missed last week's defeat to Barcelona, as well the last two La Liga games with Betis and Espanyol. The club doctors, hover, gave him the all-clear on Monday to train with the rest of his teammates in order to prepare for the visit of the Catalans.
"Oliver Torres was medically discharged, trained with the group and is now available for Diego Pablo Simeone for the game against Barcelona," the club confirmed.
Savic, meanwhile, was expected to return to action for the first leg, but suffered a setback in recovery from an injury that has kept him on the side-lines since the last-16 first-leg match with PSV on 24 February. The former Manchester City star has shaken off that problem and was in the workout on Monday. However, Simeone may stick with academy defender Lucas Hernandez to partner Diego Godin in the heary of defence after the French starlet excelled in the first leg.
Meanwhile, Simeone faces a selection dilemma to cover the absence of Torres due to suspension, with Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Angel Correa ready to step up.