One day ahead of our Europa League fixture against Stromsgodset, Atlético were dealt a big blow.
Striker Diego Costa, who was set to start against the Norwegians, tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus of his right knee.
The forward suffered his knee injury during a training session and was immediately transported to a local clinic. An MRI scan revealed the severity of the damage, and Costa has been scheduled to go under the knife on Thursday.
In a few weeks, Diego will be able to start his recovery process, which is expected to last at least six months.
It seems Atleti can’t catch a break, with the ACL injuries of Martin Petrov, Maxi Rodríguez, Borja and of course Asenjo still fresh in our minds.
Costa was reportedly kept around this summer, specifically, so that he could play in the early Europa League qualifiers given our temporary attacker shortage, despite the fact that his future remained uncertain due to our passport issues.
With the Brazilian now unavailable and Agüero gone, Gregorio Manzano will be extra thankful for Diego Forlán’s quick return from Argentina, just days after having achieved Copa América glory with the Uruguayan national team.
We wish Diego Costa all the best and hope for a speedy recovery.