GRIEZ­MANN EX­PECTED TO BE FIT FOR DERBY

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Atletico Madrid doc­tors have ruled out a se­ri­ous in­jury to An­toine Griez­mann’s left foot, po­ten­tially al­low­ing the French for­ward to play in the derby against Real Madrid on Satur­day. Griez­mann hurt the foot in France’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Swe­den on Fri­day, but tests con­ducted dis­carded any bone in­juries that could have side­lined him for a long time. He did not play in France’s friendly against Ivory Coast last night and has al­ready re­turned to Madrid to un­dergo treat­ment with club doc­tors ahead of Satur­day’s game. Ser­gio Ramos, who had been nurs­ing a knee in­jury, and Luka Mo­dric, who un­der­went knee surgery in Septem­ber, should be avail­able for Real Madrid. 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 lead La Liga with 27 points from 11 games – two points more than Barcelona. Atletico have 21 points and are one be­hind third-place Vil­lar­real.

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