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Diego Costa returns to training but faces Morata challenge

Diego Costa returns to training but faces Morata challenge

Diego Costa has returned to training following his injury but he now faces a challenge to replace Alvaro Morata at Atletico Madrid.

The Brazilian born Spanish international struggled for form prior to his foot injury, which has kept him on the sidelines since November.

Having returned to his homeland for treatment, Costa has now returned with Atleti doctors giving him the all clear.

The 30-year-old has scored just four league goals in 2018 and ended his goal scoring drought earlier this season against Barcelona prior to his injury.

That goal is a distant memory now though for Atleti boss Diego Simeone, who has since signed Alvaro Morata on an 18-month loan deal from Premier League side Chelsea.

Morata has played two games since he arrived at the end of January and is expected to keep his place for the time being, leaving Costa’s return to the starting eleven up in the air.

 

Atleti’s current form has been struggling, losing back-to-back games with defeats coming against Real Betis and to Real Madrid in the Madrid derby at the weekend.

A break in midweek allows Simeone to regroup his players ahead of the weekend fixture with Rayo Vallecano, before they face a familiar foe in Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus next week in the Champions League.