Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa is set to miss the first leg of Europa League clash against Arsenal but should be fit for the return leg, reveals Diego Simeone.
Costa has not featured for his club since picking up a hamstring injury in the 1-0 second-leg loss to Sporting CP in the quarter-finals of the competition. Having already sat out LaLiga fixtures against Levante and Real Sociedad, Costa is expected to be unavailable for next Thursday’s clash with Arsene Wenger’s side at the Emirates Stadium.
However, Simeone is confident the former Chelsea striker will be fit by the time the two teams resume battle in Europe on May 3.
“The doctors will inform us but I think it won’t be possible for him to be ready for Thursday game,” Simeone said ahead of Sunday’s home league fixture against Real Betis.
“He will be for sure in the return leg, but I think he has no chances to be in the first leg,” he added.
While the away game with Arsenal looms on the horizon, Simeone is determined to make sure his squad do not look beyond their next opponents in LaLiga.