Costa ‘could start’ against Arsenal

Diego Costa could feature for Atletico Madrid against Arsenal in the Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday, revealed Diego Simeone.

The Spain international has only returned to first-team training this week following an injury, and has an impressive record against the North London club – netting three times in six appearances against them whilst representing Chelsea.

“We will weigh up all the factors before making a decision,” Simeone told reporters ahead of the clash at the Emirates.

“We will make that decision based on the advice of the medical team here, based on what the footballer feels but we will do what is best for the team, not what will make Diego happy.

“He has the qualities (to intimidate Arsenal) and they are one of many clubs in England and Spain who have struggled to defend against him.

“He has trained very hard the past two days and we hope to have him involved.”

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