Her­nan­dez fit again for Atletico ahead of Le­vante test

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MADRID: At letico Madrid have been de­liv­ered a de­fen­sive boost after Lu­cas Her­nan­dez was de­clared fit to face Le­vante in La Liga on Sun­day.

The French­man has not played for Atletico since De­cem­ber 8 after in­jur­ing his knee in a match against Alaves.

“Lu­cas Her­nan­dez has re­ceived this Satur­day the med­i­cal dis­charge after the last train­ing ses­sion of our team be­fore the game this Sun­day against Le­vante at the Wanda Metropoli­tano,” a club state­ment read.

Atletico sit sec­ond in the ta­ble, five points be­hind break­away lead­ers Barcelona.

“Lu­cas will be in the squad, then we will de­cide ( about the team),” Diego Sime­one added in a press con­fer­ence. “He’s good, strong and hope­fully back to the level he had when he left us. We need him.”

Atletico have been hit by a num­ber of ab­sen­tees in re­cent weeks. They will still be with­out in­jured duo Diego Costa and Filipe Luis against Le­vante, as well as Saul Niguez, who is sus­pended.

Sime­one will also be hop­ing the club hold onto their star play­ers this month. Goal­keeper Jan Oblak and Her­nan­dez both have re­lease clauses, re­port­edly set at around 100 and 80 mil­lion eu­ros re­spec­tively, while Diego Godin’s con­tract ex­pires in the sum­mer.

Asked if he could be over­rid­den by the club, Sime­one said: “It’s nor­mal, the club is above all of us.

“If the club im­proves, the team im­proves. So far we have gone hand in hand in the best way. We have grown with some play­ers not ar­riv­ing and with some oth­ers stay­ing, but al­ways the needs of the club are the pri­or­ity.” — AFP

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