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Atletico Madrid: Diego Costa's injury not as bad as first feared

Published 02/04/2014 | 15:40

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa sits in the pitch after injuring in his right leg during their Champions League quarter-final first leg soccer match against Barcelona at Camp Nou last night
Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa sits in the pitch after injuring in his right leg during their Champions League quarter-final first leg soccer match against Barcelona at Camp Nou last night

Atletico Madrid top scorer Diego Costa has strained and not torn a thigh muscle, the La Liga club said on Wednesday, suggesting the Brazil-born forward will not be sidelined for as long as feared.

Costa was forced off after 30 minutes of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg at Barcelona, which ended 1-1, when he pulled up clutching the back of his leg.

Atletico said on their Twitter feed tests had revealed a muscle strain instead of a tear. The club did not specify how long he might be out of action but local media said seven days and suggested he might be available for the return leg at the Calderon next Wednesday.

Costa had scored seven goals in five appearances in this season's Champions League before Tuesday and has 25 in 30 La Liga outings.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone told a news conference after the match at the Nou Camp that Raul Garcia, David Villa or Adrian were ready to stand in for the Spain international.

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