Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez has returned to the side’s starting line-up for Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Lokomotiv Moscow, while it was revealed earlier in the day that he is now following a vegan diet.
The central midfielder had not featured for Diego Simeone’s side in the past month but has been named in the starting line-up for Tuesday’s clash in the Russian capital as he starts alongside Hector Herrera in the heart of the midfield.
It is a key game for Atleti, who are currently on three points from their opening two games having lost 4-0 at Bayern Munich but edged out RB Salzburg last week.
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— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) November 3, 2020
As outlined by El Mundo earlier on Tuesday, the Spaniard has adopted his diet to vegan over the quarantine period earlier in the year, having previously observed a vegetarian diet for two years.
The report cites him as saying back in August: “It is a lifestyle more than a food choice. The truth is that it has not been difficult for me because I have done it through a slow process, and always in a controlled way with the help of a nutritionist.”
Umtiti told Canal Football Club, as per Diario Sport: “I became vegan, I do not eat meat or fish. I take it very seriously, I don’t even eat pasta, now I take vegetable protein, which makes you feel great. I lost three kilos and the truth is that I needed it.”