Godín and Tiago set for early recoveries from injury

Influential duo on course to return in time for crucial run of fixtures

Godín and Tiago set for April returns

Godín and Tiago set for April returns

Atlético Madrid have not had much luck on the injury front this season, but were handed a timely boost this week as Diego Godín and Tiago returned to training ahead of schedule.

The rojiblancos will need to call on all of their experience going into next month’s Champions League clash with Barcelona, and should be able to welcome back two of their key figures soon following their respective set-backs.

Neutral fans were licking their lips at the prospect of Europe’s best attack taking on the best defence when the quarter-final draw was made, but originally it appeared that Atleti would have to face MSN without their three best defenders.

With Stefan Savic already out, Simeone ended last week with just one fit centre-back after Uruguayan duo Godín and José María Giménez limped out of the matches against PSV and Sporting Gijón.

Reports stated that Lucas Hernández, only just 20 and yet to make his full debut in the Champions League, would partner the versatile Saúl Ñíguez at the back in Barcelona, but thankfully it now seems that the leader of our Uruguayan wall will be back in good time.

Godín has gotten used to braving his way through injury in his time at Atleti, notably playing over 70 minutes with a broken nose in the 4-0 derby win last year, but many were expecting a race against time over his fitness going into the game.

However, he was back on the training field with a smile on his face this morning, and despite being separated from the rest of the group, he does have twelve days to fully recover ahead of the season defining trip to the Camp Nou.

Giménez remains a doubt, but according to Mundo Deportivo, Savic is scheduled to start work again this weekend and could be in contention for our next match against Real Betis on April 2nd.

As for Tiago, it’s not even been four months since he was forced off against Espanyol with a horrifying leg break, but he was also back on the pitch at Atleti’s training Cerro del Espino and even working with the ball this week.

The 34 year-old has worked tirelessly throughout his rehabilitation process, and although the club will be careful not to rush him back, it looks as if he is on track to play again before the end of the season.

It may be too soon for him to feature against Barça, but his presence could be vital going into the run-in as Cholo’s men continue to compete both in Europe and domestically.

We should hopefully hear news on his contract soon too, with his current deal set to expire in the summer.

Most of the squad are currently with their international sides, with just Gabi, Vietto, Thomas, Moyà and Gámez available to Simeone this week.

Still, the break should give Godín, Savic and Giménez a chance to prepare fully for the upcoming matches rather than jet off around the world.

Now nine points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga, the priority for Atleti is the Champions League, but they will continue fighting in both competitions and also look to tie up second place ahead of Real Madrid, who play in El Clásico next Saturday.

How would you line-up in the Camp Nou if you were in charge?

  • Usavicente Calderon

    Glad to hear Godin will be back in time and with Savic possibly returning, then our trifecta should be good to go. Giménez is irreplaceable, but if our offense shows up, the UCL game at the Camp Nou should be a good one.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    El Profe Ortega and his fitness team are getting a deserved recognition from Atelti fans,
    I even have seen some of them wearing his name on their Atleti shirts, I don’t think this will ever happen with any other fitness coach in the world or from any other fans in the world .
    And right now, El Profe is starting to get recognition and fame inside Spain and worldwide .

    However, I think our medical staff are underappreciated, they have been doing an amazing job, the recovery time is always half what similar injury takes, now when I read in the press after an injury for one of our players : “this types of injuries usually takes between 4 to 6 weeks” I say to myself : “he will be back in 3 weeks” and he does .
    Even if he did comeback after 6 weeks, it will still be a great achievement compared to how Man City’s doctors -for example- are handling the case of Kompany or those at Real Madrid with Bale and other players, while at Bayern, the injured list is longer than the fit list !

    Thank you Dr. José María Villalón and to your great team :
    Dr. Gorka de Abajo, Jesús Vázquez, Esteban Arévalo, David Loras, Daniel Castro & Felipe Arroyo .

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    In my opinion, Tiago is our only player who can change things against Barcelona, I can’t say that about Grizi or Koke or Godin, or any of the players who left like Costa or Courtois .
    If Tiago played against Barca, at least the 2nd leg, I believe we will have a small but real chance to knock them out .
    Some people said to me before that I overappreciate Tiago and that he isn’t a world-class as I once called him, but I think they are the ones who are underappreciating him .

    If all our center backs were available for Barca’s tie, I would pick Savić over Gimenez, if not because the first is more mature and much calmer, then let’s do it for statistics sake, because we have faced Enrique’s Barca 6 times, Gimenez played all of them and we lost all of them, why not trying something different this time ?!

  • Ringo

    I think the Tiago of before his injury would have greatly improved our chances. Howerver, with him being out for so long, it’s pretty much impossible to tell at exactly what level he will return to the pitch. With some players it’s as if they’ve never left and others need months to get their game right again. Then you also have to consider that it differs per injury and situation, too. So I am not sure if we would be better off with Tiago against Barcelona, because it’s pretty much impossible to tell how good of a player he is at the moment, both physically and (I guess mostly) mentally.

    I don’t think we lost those games because of Giménez, though. Yes, he is young, but I felt like we lost those games because we lost the battle in midfield. Even Gabi seems out of his composure when playing Barcelona sometimes. The last game was better, but we all know how that went, lol.

    All in all, if there is one team standing a chance against Barcelona at the moment, it’s us. I know we’ve lost our last few games against them, but our style of play is still the one most potent at making the Catalan offense struggle. If the team is confident in its own capabilities, if they’re as sharp as they possibly could be, We could win. By a minimal margin, I think, but it’s still very possible.

    Barcelona seems to be clear favorites, but we’re not as doomed as we might think. We could lose the tie 4-1, but we could also win it 2-0.

    Let’s just wait and see and possibly enjoy a marvelous night.

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    If it’s possible I’d like to see this line up vs Barcelona

    Lucas will come on for Godin, Tiago for Koke and Correa for Torres/Yannick

  • AndersAT

    Apparently Lucas, Saul and Carrasco is injuried. We need to be a little creative these next matches :S. Let’s hope we get some central defenders back soon, otherwise we will have to count on a lot of goals, which sucks for us 🙂

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    I think they’ll recover in time for the clash because they are minor knocks which should take no more than a couple of days to heal (with appropriate treatment ofc) and with our medical staff I know they’ll be playing very soon indeed. I really want to play FCB with a near full team so we won’t have any excuses if we lose. Also i don’t think gimenez will return for the first leg. Anyway we’ll see what happens. Aupa Atletico!

  • Isaias Mena

    Your dumb and you don’t know what your saying… those players can change the game. I love Tiago myself, but it’s Atletico Madrid. They’re a hard working team that doesn’t count on any specific player. Their chances of winning are good, but you never know. And your stupid for saying to try something new in this case, and calm isn’t always good. Atletico ways are to be aggressive. Now, both games Gimenez proved to be worthy, I do prefer Savic but Simeone probably has a reason why he hasn’t, he might. Either way both losses aren’t because of him, the whole team lost opportunities to score. Don’t you see that they only lost because of a goal, and that in the games Barcelona couldn’t prove that they were superior. Especially in their 9 man game, Barcelona didn’t score and Atletico came close to tie the game. I just think you don’t appreciate the team itself and their handwork.

  • Isaias Mena

    Sounds like a good line-up.

  • thericeking

    no need to be rude.. ‘stupid’ ‘dumb’.. are you a teenager?
    i agree with what your saying, atelti do not rely on individuals but this is only the case for defence – grizi scores most of our goals whilst the whole team defends..
    we definitely need to try something new for this game.. in case you didnt know we have lost/drawn to barca every time since we beat them in the 13/14 champs league…
    i am afraid that even the greatest defense in europe will concede 2-3 goals over 180 minutes against barca.. to play like we play, defending all the time, will be to lose.. unless poseidon himself sends an ocean breeze from the mediterannean and blows in an away goal in in the camp nou visit..

    hail poseidon

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Thank you, but I wish you didn’t defend me .
    I can do it myself, but I took a decision long time ago to ignore stupid and ignorant people, not just online, but in life in general .

    I stopped reading after “dumb” .. why should I continue ?!, an idiot who doesn’t even know the difference between “your” and “you’re” doesn’t deserve a single minute of my precious time .

    Everybody should try “ignoring ignorants” .. it really feels great .

  • Isaias Mena

    hehe…sorry english isn’t my first language. I just got offended by your comment.

  • Isaias Mena

    You make good points… especially of the forwards. The thing is that Atletico doesn’t loose because they can’t beat Barcelona or that Barcelona is so superior. Atletico have the potential and they have demostrated in those loses that they’re close. Have hope, because the team can be better than Barcelona (unless they all go back and defend). But still I wasn’t replying to you so let the man speak for himself. What’s wrong with that I thought his comment was dumb?