Pernia back after car crash

MADRID - Atletico Madrid full-back Mariano Pernia has been included in the squad to visit APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League on Wednesday, four and a half months after being seriously injured in a car accident.

The Argentine-born former Spain international suffered multiple injuries including fractured bones in his shoulder and back and a punctured lung.

Atletico lie third in Group D, behind already qualified Chelsea and Porto, and need a victory over the Cypriots to claim a place in the Europa League.