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Godín's main objective is to return for Bayer Leverkusen clash

Diego Simeone was dealt a blow on Tuesday night when Godin signalled that he felt discomfort and needed to be substituted with Jose Gimenez already out and Lucas Hernandez in legal trouble.

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Diego Godín.

Atletico Madrid won't be able to call upon Diego Godin for their game against Celta Vigo at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday, and the same goes for the game against Sporting Gijon when they travel north next weekend but the Uruguyuan's goal is to return in time for the Bayer Leverkusen game on the 21st in the Champions League; based on the medical report on Thursday that Atletico Madrid released, Godin faces a race against the clock to be fit.

Diego Godin informs Diego Simeone of his injury after being subbed against Barcelona.

FC BARCELONA / ATLÉTICO DE MADRIDDiego Godin informs Diego Simeone of his injury after being subbed against Barcelona.

Godín's race to be fit, Simeone's defensive woes

The centre-half suffered a grade I muscular injury to his right thigh with the time out estimated between 10 and 15 days. Godín is a dab hand at recovering from injury with time to spare and this should mean he is right on the brink of a return provided all goes to plan. It is a game Simeone will need Godin for as Lucas, his other option at centre-half, has the trial for alleged assault on his partner on the 21st of February also. It is not yet clear if Hernandez will ask for a postponement of the trial. If he doesn't, Stefan Savic and Jose Gimenez might be the only two options Simeone has.

Gimenez remains out because of a similar injury but Simeone has confirmed in his press conference before the Barcelona defeat that he should be ready for the Celta visit and he has already completed several sessions with the team. He suffered a cut to his right knee and did not training on Thursday because of that but it is not considered serious.

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*Update 10 de febrero de 2017