Costa avoids bone damage after suffering ankle injury
Diego Costa avoided bone damage after suffering an ankle injury in Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Beitar Jerusalem, the club have confirmed.
Spain striker Costa endured a difficult season after struggling for form and missing the final seven La Liga games through suspension after earning an eight-match ban for insulting a referee.
The club also brought in Alvaro Morata to bolster the forward position, with the striker joining from Chelsea in the winter window.
Atletico faced Israeli side Beitar on Tuesday in a friendly, allowing Costa to make his first appearance since April 6, but he lasted just 28 minutes before suffering what the club describe as a “high-grade sprain” to his left ankle.
“Diego Costa suffered a high-grade sprain in his left ankle during the first part of the game against Beitar Jerusalem,” the club announced.
“The striker has undergone radiological tests at a hospital in Jerusalem that have ruled out bone damage.