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Pernia returns to Atletico squad after car accident

November 23, 2009
By Reuters

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, but he has now recovered and is in contention to make his return to action.

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.