Atletico's Simeone: Unlikely Costa plays 1st leg vs

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 22, 2018

Diego Costa is unlikely to be fit for the first leg of Atletico Madrid's Europa League semifinal against Arsenal on Thursday but could return for the second leg, coach Diego Simeone said.

Spain worldwide Costa has been influential for Atletico on his return to the club, but he will likely not take part in the game in London after picking up a hamstring injury against Sporting Lisbon in the previous round of the Europa.

But speaking ahead of Atletico's game against Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday, Simeone suggested the 29-year-old will only miss the first leg at the Emirates.

"The doctors will keep us informed, but I think it's unlikely that he'll play on Thursday", Simeone said, courtesy of Alberto R. Barbero and Oliver French of Marca.

"He will be there for the return leg, but I do not believe that he has a chance for the first".

Simeone denied that he already has one eye on the semi-final against Arsenal and insisted he would be fielding a side capable of beating Real Betis, who are fifth in the table.

The Argentinian was asked if his players may be distracted by the midweek trip to London.

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