Jackson nearing Atleti return

Jackson Martinez is close to regaining full fitness as Atletico Madrid confirm the striker is “in the final phase” of his recovery from an ankle injury.

The former Porto star has been absent since spraining his left ankle in Colombia’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Chile on November 12, rendering him unavailable for Los Colchoneros’ last six games.

However, despite not yet resuming training with his teammates, he has stepped up individual work at the club’s Majadahonda complex and could be back next week.

Tiago Mendes, meanwhile, is said by Atleti to be making “very good” progress in his recovery as he has begun loading partial weight on the leg he was operated on.

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