Atletico Madrid: Vrsaljko the big surprise as Atletico Madrid start pre-season

Atletico Madrid Croatian returned from international duty

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Sime Vrsaljko was the surprise addition to the Atletico Madrid squad as they began pre-season training on Monday morning.

Diego Simeone’s side will travel to Los Angeles de San Rafael later on Monday to continue their preparations for the new season.

Vrsaljko re-joins the squad after going on international duty with Croatia.

The right-back didn’t feature in the 4-1 defeat to Joao Felix’s Portugal on Saturday night and now won’t play against France on Tuesday either.

This was the first time he has trained with Atletico since testing positive for coronavirus before the Champions League quarter-finals in August.

Vrsaljko is the third right-back in Simeone’s squad, fighting for a place with Kieran Trippier and Santiago Arias.

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