“Atalanta without a slender star player against PSG: no injury, but depression”

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Atalanta Bergamo has to make do without Josip Ilicic in the duel with Paris Saint-Germain in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The official reason is an ankle injury, but according to Italian media, the 32-year-old Slovenian is suffering from depression.


Ilicic has not properly digested the lockdown in Bergamo due to the coronavirus, among others Sky Sport Italia, The Republic in The Gazzetta dello Sport. The striker is said to have lost a lot of weight and has not regained his muscle strength since. Atalanta has now given him permission to recover in his home country.

The Italian club of Marten de Roon, Hans Hateboer and Robin Gosens previously gave an ankle injury as the official reason for the absence of his star player. However, Ilicic is not feeling well and is unable to play. He previously acknowledged that he feared for his career in 2018, after being hospitalized for mysterious reasons.

The loss of Ilicic is a major loss for Atalanta. He scored 21 goals and 9 assists in 34 official matches. PSG must also miss its top scorer: Kylian Mbappé suffers from an ankle injury.

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