Griez­mann avoids se­ri­ous in­jury, could play in Madrid derby

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Atletico Madrid said doc­tors have ruled out a se­ri­ous in­jury to An­toine Griez­mann’s left foot, po­ten­tially al­low­ing the France for­ward to play in the derby against Real Madrid next Satur­day. Griez­mann hurt the foot in France’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Swe­den on Fri­day, but tests con­ducted on Sun­day dis­carded any bone in­juries that could have side­lined him for a long time. He will not play in France’s friendly against Ivory Coast on Tues­day and has al­ready re­turned to Madrid to un­dergo treat­ment with club doc­tors ahead of Satur­day’s game. Atletico said the player’s pres­ence at the Vi­cente Calderon Sta­dium is “pend­ing evo­lu­tion.” Ser­gio Ramos, who had been nurs­ing a knee in­jury, and Luka Mo­dric, who un­der­went knee surgery in Septem­ber, should be avail­able for Real Madrid. Mo­dric played off the bench in a 3-0 win against Le­ganes in the Span­ish league on Sun­day. Casemiro and Pepe are not likely to re­cover from their in­juries, and Toni Kroos is cer­tain to miss the game be­cause of a right foot ail­ment. Madrid leads the league with 27 points from 11 games - two points more than Barcelona. Atletico, after a 2-0 loss at Real So­ciedad, has 21 points and is one be­hind third-place Vil­lar­real.

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