Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa to be one of 'top players in Europe' - Godin

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has tipped his side's emerging star Angel Correa to soon become one of Europe's top players.

Correa, 20, joined Atletico in summer 2014, but missed all of last season with a heart issue which required surgery.

The Argentina international, who has gained attention for his performances for the Albiceleste's under-20 side, has outshone big-money summer signings Jackson Martinez and Luciano Vietto through the first weeks of the new season for Atletico and earned his first caps for his country's senior squad.

He scored within minutes of making his debut from the bench in the 7-0 win over Bolivia on Sept. 5 and followed that up with his first start, in the 2-2 draw against Mexico, four days later.

This week, Atletico coach Diego Simeone also compared him favourably with the club's former striker and Calderon favourite, Sergio Aguero.

With Correa likely to make his first Champions League start in Wednesday's Group C game at Benfica, Godin told the prematch news conference that the youngster was improving quickly and set for the very top.

"[Correa] is a different type of player, he can give us a lot, he can improve, but the most important thing is talent, and he brings that," Godin said. "These are his first games in Europe. For sure he will learn a lot, and will soon be one of the top players in Europe."

Less happily for Atletico fans, midfielder Koke is set to miss the Benfica game with a thigh muscle injury, and is now a serious doubt for the crunch "derbi" clash at home to Real Madrid in La Liga on Sunday.

"Koke is important for the team," Godin said. "Very important in both attack and defence. We do not have him, but there is a lot of talk about Atletico's squad, very competitive and someone else will take his place."