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Diego Godin set for spell on the sideline with ankle ligament damage

The Uruguayan hobbled to the sideline as Antoine Griezmann stepped up to take the penalty last night

Club Atletico de Madrid v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Diego Godin could be set to miss time for Atletico Madrid after suffering ligament damage to his left ankle, the club has confirmed.

The centre-half hobbled to the sideline as Antoine Griezmann stepped up to take his penalty last night in the 85th minute. Godin was exceptional yet again and kept Robert Lewandowski quiet for 90 minutes, which is not something that is easily done.

"After a first exploration from the medical services of the club, Diego Godín suffers a sprain of the lateral ligament of his left ankle," a club statement said.

"Additional tests will be performed in the next hours and is pending evaluation."

With Jose Gimenez also out injured, Atletico will have to turn to Lucas Hernandez as Stefan Savic’s partner in defense but with Savic in such fine form and Lucas stepping up anytime asked, it might not be the worst case scenario.

The international break is coming and it might give the 30-year-old a chance to recover and recuperate after a hectic few weeks to start the season. Atletico played Barcelona last Wednesday night, were forced to play Deportivo on Sunday afternoon and then lined out just three days later against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

A trip to Valencia is forthcoming and Simeone might be forced into some changes, but with the poor form that they are in, it is not particularly a daunting task.