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Godin: I have to manage my injury anxiety

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As he begins counting the days until his potential return from injury, Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has acknowledged that he can't push too soon and aggravate the problem further.

On Thursday morning, the Uruguayan exercised at a good level and without any signs of the muscle injury he suffered on November 10 in the win over Athletic, in which he scored.

The centre-back played in small-sided games that tested his speed and it could be seen that he is going from strength to strength in his bid to return, after missing games against Barcelona, Monaco, Girona and Sant Andreu.

However, as he closse in on his return, he is determined to manage the situation as well as possible to ensure he quickly gets back to his best.

"When you are in the final days of recovery, you have to manage that anxiety and remember the reality because it was a major injury," he told the club's website.

"I'm meeting the deadlines that the doctor set out for me but it was a big injury that takes four or five weeks to recover from and now I'm entering the fourth week.

"We have to stay calm but I want to get back in good condition because it is a point of the season in which I can't afford to have another muscle problem.

"I want to return as soon as possible and help the team finish the year healthy before the winter break."

Jose Gimenez was also in action at Ciudad Deportivo.

He trained with the rest of his teammates while waiting for the medical all-clear that will once again see him ready for selection under Diego Simeone.

He was one of five players from the first team squad to complete the morning session on field four at Majadahonda.

Antonio Adan, Gelson Martins, Thomas Partey and Antoine Griezmann were the others, along with homegrown players Toni Moya, Francisco Montero, Joaquin Munoz and Borja Garces.

The rest of the team, including those suffering injuries such as Juanfran and Filipe Luis, worked in the gym indoors.