Sep 24, 2014 at 7pm UK at ​Juegos Mediterraneos
Almeria
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Diego Simeone: 'Mario Mandzukic is a big miss'

Mario Mandzukic of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their second goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and SD Eibar at Vicente Calderon Stadium on August 30, 2014
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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone admits that the loss of Mario Mandzukic might mean a change of system for tomorrow's La Liga clash against Almeria.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has admitted that the loss of Mario Mandzukic is a big blow.

The Croatian suffered a broken nose in last week's Champions League defeat against Olympiacos and underwent surgery to repair the problem on Thursday.

The striker has since returned to training, but will not be fit for tomorrow's clash with Almeria.

"Mandzukic is the only real reference we have in attack because [Raul] Jimenez is more of a support striker. [Antoine] Griezmann and [Raul] Garcia are more similar positionally," Simeone told reporters.

"[Alessio] Cerci can do it but it's more likely he'd accompany someone there. It's hard to replace him because he's a fixture for us and gives us real presence in the box.

"We will have to have a lot of movement in midfield and the final third. And above all, we can't lose our reference up top. Those who play will have to play with presence in attacking areas."

Mandzukic is expected to return for this weekend's clash with Sevilla.

Mario Mandzukic of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their second goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and SD Eibar at Vicente Calderon Stadium on August 30, 2014
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