Another blow for the Spanish side.
Atletico Madrid could be without Diego Costa for the remainder of 2019.
Diego Costa has been diagnosed with a cervical disc herniation in a fresh blow to goal-shy Atletico Madrid. Scans undertaken in recent days identified the issue, which relates to the spine, but a rehabilitation programme has not yet been formulated.
The Madrid side said the 31-year-old requires special neurosurgery assessment before the full scale of the injury can be established.
“The medical services of the club have conducted radiological tests of Diego Costa to assess the cervical discomfort suffered in recent days,” read an Atletico statement. “These tests have determined that the forward suffers a cervical disc herniation. In the next few days he will be evaluated by specialists in neurosurgery to establish the definitive treatment.”
If surgery is needed, Costa could be out for about three months. The former Chelsea striker trained earlier this week after appearing for the final 10 minutes of Atletico’s 3-1 win over Espanyol on Sunday. Prior to that match, Diego Simeone’s men had managed 12 goals in as many La Liga games in a lean start to the new season.