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Diego Godín eyes Bayer Leverkusen return

Atletico Madrid’s center-half and spiritual leader at the back is out for the next two games but wants to be back for Champions League tie

Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona - Copa Del Rey Semi-final: First Leg Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

When Diego Godin signaled to the bench last Wednesday night at Camp Nou, it was easy to fear the worst. The 30-year-old - soon to be 31 - looked dejected and knew he had dome damage to one of his muscles. As the lynchpin in Diego Simeone’s defense, supporters began to fear the worst.

Those fears were somewhat allayed on Thursday when Atlético Madrid released a statement to say he would miss two weeks with a grade one groin injury. That particular type on injury generally takes 10 to 14 days to heal and as of writing this (Friday the 10th), he has 11 days to recover.

That rules him out for this weekend’s game against Celta Vigo and next week’s clash with Sporting Gijón in El Molinón, but he is hoping for an express recovery in order to make it back for the Bayer Leverkusen game on the 21st.

Simeone might be struggling for bodies if Lucas Hernandez’ domestic violence trial goes ahead and Godín does not recover entirely from his injury, with Jose Giménez, who is himself just returning from injury, and Stefan Savić as the only two proven starters. However, the smart money is on Godín making it back in time for the first leg in Germany in a week and a half - the man has a knack for beating these timetables.