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Atletico’s Diego Costa sustains left thigh injury

 Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa reacts prior to the Spanish Primera Division soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Leganes at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 28, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/Rodrigo Jimenez

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa reacts prior to the Spanish Primera Division soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Leganes at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 28, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/Rodrigo Jimenez

Madrid, Aug 13 (efe-epa).- Atletico Madrid’s forward Diego Costa has injured his left thigh during a friendly against Juventus in Sweden, the La Liga side announced Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Spaniard of Brazilian descent was replaced by Ivan Saponjic after he felt a muscle pain in the 90th minute of Saturday’s match that ended 2-1 in favor of Atletico.

“Diego Costa suffers a muscle injury in the adductors of the left thigh,” the club said in a statement.

Atletico added that Costa “underwent an MRI scan at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra and is pending response to treatment.”

The capital side is set to host Getafe on Sunday in the opening week of the new season.

However, Costa will not take part in the game because he was handed an eight-match ban last season after he insulted a referee during his side’s 2-0 loss to Barcelona. EFE-EPA

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