Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann eased fears over his fitness ahead of Saturday’s derby against Real Madrid by playing a full part in training on Thursday.
The Ballon d’Or nominee took no part of France’s 0-0 friendly draw against Ivory Coast this week after sustaining a blow to his left foot during last Les Blues’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying triumph over Sweden last Friday.
X-rays had confirmed Griezmann did not suffer a broken bone and Atletico defender Juanfran said that the 25-year-old was confident of being fit to play against Real Madrid.
It appears he will be as good as his word after joining Juanfran and his other team-mates for work with and without the ball on Thursday evening.
Griezmann has scored eight times in 14 appearances across all competitions for Atletico this season and netted the only goal as Diego Simeone’s men claimed a 1-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu last season.
With Los Rojiblancos unbeaten in the clubs’ past six La Liga meetings, a defeat is unthinkable for Atletico in the face of what could be their last Madrid derby in Vincente Calderon.
Additionally, Real will be without key playmaker Toni Kroos and may also miss Casemiro and Pepe. Players returning, like Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric, did not see much action in recent weeks. On the other hand, Atletico’s Yannick Carrasco is in the form of his life after scoring eight goals in eight games for club and country, alongside Griezmann in Atletico’s formidable offense.
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