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Atletico's Godin major doubt for Bayern semi-final

22 April 2016, 19:48

Madrid - Atletico Madrid look set to be without key defender Diego Godin for at least the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich due to a hamstring injury.

"Godin suffered a grade I-II muscle injury in his right hamstring," Atletico said in a statement on Friday, without specifying how long the Uruguayan international will be sidelined.

However, Madrid sports daily Marca reported Godin will be out for at least 10 days meaning he will miss the first leg at home to the German champions on Wednesday and faces a race to be fit for the return leg at the Allianz Arena on May 3.

Godin also looks set to miss home games against Malaga on Saturday and Rayo Vallecano next weekend with Atletico level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga with just four games remaining.

Also read: Ronaldo downplays injury after Madrid wins in Spanish league

The news of Godin's absence, though, was eased as his fellow Uruguayan international central defender Jose Maria Gimenez has been passed fit to return after a month out.

"Godin has a very important presence within the group, but we have players desperate to play and Gimenez, who is with us once again," said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.

"The other players are responding well and we hope he recovers as soon as possible."

The Vicente Calderon has already sold out for Bayern's visit in what will be just Atletico's second European Cup semi-final in 42 years.

However, Simeone is determined that his players not be distracted by their looming clash with the German giants as he targets a second La Liga title in three years.

"Tomorrow we are playing a very important game ahead of a fantastic end to the season," added the Argentine.

"We need to be prepared solely for that."



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