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The influential midfielder is still suffering from a
hamstring injury, and coach Simeone confirmed
that he would not be available for Sunday's
clash against the Merengue.

Koke has been left out of the Atletico Madrid
squad for the derby with Real Madrid after
failing to recover in time for the crunch match.

The midfielder picked up a hamstring injury in
Atleti's 2-0 win at Eibar last month and has not
played since.

Coach Diego Simeone confirmed Koke's
absence on Saturday as he announced his 18-
man squad for the derby, revealing that the star
was ruled out of the clash.

Atleti have lost two of the three games Koke
has missed and will again be without the Spain
international for Real's visit to the Vicente
Calderon on Sunday.

Diego Simeone's men are fifth in La Liga, two
points behind Real after six games.

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