Godin fractures nose, avoids surgery

Diego Godin will not go under the knife, despite suffering a nose fracture in Atletico Madrid's resounding derby win in La Liga on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin does not require surgery, after having his nose fractured in their 4-0 La Liga thrashing of Real Madrid.

The Uruguay international headbutted Sami Khedira's upper arm in an aerial challenge and came off second best; requiring treatment after just eight minutes had been played at the Vicente Calderon.

Atletico later revealed Godin, 28, suffered a nasal fracture, but cleared the defender of any long-term damage - meaning he should be fit to take his place for Atletico's trip to Celta do Vigo on February 15.

"The Uruguayan suffered a nasal fracture, reduced and plugged in the first half of the game against Real Madrid," an update on Atletico's website read. 

"The player took a blow in a high ball disputed with Khedira. Godin underwent a CT scan that determined there will be no need to operate."

Godin played out the 90 minutes on Saturday after treatment but will wear a protective mask at Celta. 

The heavy victory took a toll on Diego Simeone's men, with Koke (left hamstring) and Saul (left knee) failing to complete the match due to injury.