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Uruguay defender Godin set to return after ankle issue
October 4, 2016 / 6:31 AM / a year ago

Uruguay defender Godin set to return after ankle issue

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is optimistic key defender Diego Godin will be fit for Thursday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier at home to struggling Venezuela after missing a club game at the weekend due to an ankle injury.

Football Soccer - Uruguay's national soccer team training - World Cup 2018 Qualifier - Montevideo, Uruguay 3/10/16. Uruguay's head coach Oscar Tabarez looks on. REUTERS/Andres Stapff

Godin missed his Spanish club Atletico Madrid’s fixture on Sunday because of a ligament issue in his left ankle, but the 30-year-old centreback came through training unscathed in Montevideo on Monday.

“It wasn’t a high, demanding level in today’s session but he was on par with all his team mates without feeling anything off,” Tabarez told reporters.

“That was good news considering his importance as a player, and as a team leader.”

Uruguay lead the 10-team South American qualifiers with 16 points from eight matches, one ahead of continental heavyweights Brazil and Argentina, with Venezuela bottom and the only side without a victory.

Reporting by Reuters TV. Editing by Patrick Johnston/Peter Rutherford

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