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Diego Godin doubtful for Porto trip

Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin is a doubt for the club's Champions League group game at Porto on Tuesday, while Leo Baptistao is in line to replace the suspended Diego Costa up front.

Diego Godin hurt his ankle in a challenge with Gareth Bale.
Toby Alderweireld may come in for Diego Godin against Porto.

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Godin reportedly picked up a knee problem during a challenge with Gareth Bale in Saturday’s 1-0 derby victory at Real Madrid, and missed training Sunday morning to undergo specific recovery work.

Should the Uruguay international not return in time, summer signing Toby Alderweireld could make his first Atletico start, although teenage defender Jose Maria Gimenez is another option and has already featured in La Liga this season.

A Colchoneros club statement released Sunday said Godin would travel with the squad to Portugal in the hope of making the game.

“Diego Godin was the only absence from the XI in the Bernabeu,” the statement said. “The Uruguayan centre-half, who underwent medical tests this Sunday, suffered a light sprain in his left ankle which will not stop him from travelling to Porto.”

Saturday’s goalscorer and man of the match Costa is suspended due to a red card picked up during last season’s Europa League campaign, and Adrian Lopez remains out with a fractured cheekbone, so former Rayo Vallecano attacker Leo could start with David Villa in attack.

There were also concerns that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could miss out due to a finger problem, also due to a clash with Bale during Saturday’s game, but the Belgium international has been included in the travelling squad and looks certain to start.

Spain international Mario Suarez has however been left at home as he continues to recover from his knee injury, so Tiago should continue in deep midfield alongside club captain Gabi. Both Atletico [3-1 at home to Zenit Saint Petersburg] and Porto [1-0 at Austria Vienna] won their opening games in Group G.


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