ATLÉTICO MADRID

Griezmann set to play in Saturday's Madrid derby

As the Atlético squad trained this evening with the derby looming, the French striker underwent physio on his injured foot but the club are optimistic he'll make the game on Saturday.
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Griezmann set to play in Saturday's Madrid derby
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Cholo Simeone oversaw the training session this evening at the training camp in the Madrid suburbs as Oblak, Savic and Carrasco joined up with the other squad members.

Atlético Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann is expected to be fit to face Real Madrid, despite injury forcing his early return from France duty.

Ace picked up bruised foot in qualifier

The 25-year-old was released by Les Bleus after suffering a bruised left foot in Friday's 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Sweden.

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Griezmann's withdrawal from the French camp means he plays no part in his country's international friendly with the Ivory Coast on Tuesday.

Speaking after the news was confirmed, he admitted: "I'm disappointed at having to leave and miss the game, particularly because of an injury."

Altlético optimistic over 'Griezi' fitness

But with Atlético examining his foot on Monday and stating he's making "good progress", it is not initially feared that 'Le Petit Prince' will have to sit out Saturday's derby.

Los Rojiblancos are understood to be confident that the injury will subside in the days before the LaLiga week 12 encounter at the Calderón.

"It's not too serious," Griezmann also commented at the weekend. "But right now [with the derby days away] I have to look after myself morning, noon and night."