Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has said he is anxious but excited to return from injury.
The Uruguayan international has missed the last few games for Diego Simeone’s side and he is now looking to bounce back to full fitness, following a successful recovery period.
Having scored the winning goal against Athletic Bilbao last month, Godin has since missed the games against Barcelona, AS Monaco, Girona and Sant Andreu.
He spoke with Marca about his return, saying: “When you reach the last few days of recovery, you feel anxious to play and get going again. But you have to be realistic as it was a major injury.
“I am on the track though and we are entering the final week of recovery. I want to come back and return playing well. I do not want to have another problem this season as we have lots of goals this season and I want to help the team.”
Copa delight for Simeone
Having beaten Sant Andreu 1-0 in the first leg of their round of 32 match, it was over to the Wanda Metropolitano for the second leg on Wednesday and Atleti stormed to a 4-0 win.
French World Cup winner Thomas Lemar opened the scoring just before half time, whilst goals from Nikola Kalinic, Angel Correa and Vitolo sealed their name in the hat for the next round draw.
Successful surgery for Diego Costa
Diego Costa’s foot surgery has been a success, Atletico Madrid have confirmed in a statement on Thursday morning.
The Brazilian born Spanish international played with pain through the start of the season, but he was forced to travel to Brazil to undergo surgery earlier this week after a further problem with a pin in the fifth metatarsal on his left foot.
The former Chelsea forward has scored one goal in La Liga this season, coming against Barcelona last month – prompting speculation he could move away from the Wanda in January or next summer.
Atleti have not confirmed the length of time Costa will spend out, however, some media reports in Spain claim he could miss two months.