Kieran Trippier makes debut for Atletico Madrid in pre-season victory but Joao


Kieran Trippier makes debut for Atletico Madrid in routine pre-season victory over Numancia… but it’s not all good news as star signing Joao Felix limps off with hip injury in first half

  • Atletico Madrid eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Numancia on Saturday
  • New boy Kieran Trippier played the first 45 minutes of the pre-season friendly 
  • But Joao Felix was forced off in the 28th minute with a suspected hip injury 
  • Vitolo, Ivan Saponjic and Felipe scored in the second half for the La Liga outfit 

Atletico Madrid began their post Antoine Griezmann era with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Spanish outfit Numancia in pre-season on Saturday.

Kieran Trippier – who signed from Tottenham in a £20million deal this week – made his debut for Diego Simeone’s outfit as they ran out emphatic winners.

Substitutes Vitolo, Ivan Saponjic and Felipe netted in the second half for Atletico against the Segunda Division outfit on the weekend. 

Kieran Trippier played the first 45 minutes as Atletico Madrid beat Numancis 3-0 on Saturday

Kieran Trippier played the first 45 minutes as Atletico Madrid beat Numancis 3-0 on Saturday

It was a routine victory for Diego Simeone's side against the Segunda Division outfit

It was a routine victory for Diego Simeone’s side against the Segunda Division outfit

Vitolo, Ivan Saponjic and Felipe netted in the second half of the pre-season friendly

Vitolo, Ivan Saponjic and Felipe netted in the second half of the pre-season friendly

England right-back Trippier came off at half-time after enjoying a strong run out in the opening period in Spain.

But it wasn’t all rosy for Atletico as their star summer signing, £114m Portuguese youngster Joao Felix, was forced off in the 28th minute with a suspected hip injury.

The former Benfica forward received treatment on the sidelines after picking up an injury before making a brief return to the pitch.

However just moments later, the 19-year-old held his hip and signalled to the bench to haul him off. 

Simeone will be desperate that Felix’s injury is nothing serious as they hope he can hit the ground running ahead of the new La Liga campaign, which begins against Getafe on August 18. 

It was a strong run-out for Atletico, who begin their La Liga campaign on August 18 vs Getafe

It was a strong run-out for Atletico, who begin their La Liga campaign on August 18 vs Getafe

Joao Felix (bottom centre) limped off with a suspected hip injury in the 28th minute

Joao Felix (bottom centre) limped off with a suspected hip injury in the 28th minute

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