Pernia recovering well from car accident

BARCELONA - Atletico Madrid defender Mariano Pernia is recovering well from a car accident in Argentina in July and could be playing again next month.

The Argentina-born former Spain international fractured bones in his shoulder and back and punctured a lung but may be back in training as early as Friday, the club said on their website.

"Our aim is that he starts playing again in a month," club doctor Jose Maria Villalon said. "It's a bit soon to be setting dates but that's the idea."