Godin back in contention for Europa clash against Copenhagen

Godin fit to face Copenhagen after losing a tooth.

Diego Godin has undergone reconstructive surgery on his mouth after the Atletico Madrid defender had some teeth knocked out in a collision during Sunday’s 1-0 win over Valencia.

Godin took an elbow to the face from Valencia goalkeeper Neto, leaving him bleeding heavily and television replays showed one of the Uruguay international’s teeth flying out of his mouth.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone was disappointed not to see Neto punished for the collision, as he felt his side deserved a penalty.

“We’re going to have to kill someone to get a penalty if the Godin incident isn’t one,” he said after the game.

After losing a tooth against Valencia at the start of the month, Diego Godin can return to Atletico Madrid action against Copenhagen. Godin is available for Atletico Madrid’s Europa League last-32 first leg with Copenhagen having lost teeth in a collision with Valencia goalkeeper Neto at the start of the month.

The Uruguay international was forced off after 51 minutes in the 1-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano on February 4, ultimately requiring reconstructive surgery.

The 31-year-old subsequently missed the 1-0 win at Malaga on Saturday, but he is back in the squad for Thursday’s encounter, as Atletico begin their Europa League campaign having been eliminated from the Champions League group stage.

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