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Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 14:48
Diego Costa injures ankle in Atletico Madrid friendly
By Associated Press
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 14:48 By Associated Press

In this Feb 20, 2019 file photo, Atletico forward Diego Costa reacts after missing to score during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Juventus at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. (MANU FERNANDEZ, FILE / AP PHOTO)

MADRID - Atletico Madrid says Diego Costa sprained his left ankle in the team's 2-1 loss in a friendly against Beitar Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Costa left the field on a stretcher in the first half of the match in Jerusalem, which marked his return to the squad after missing the final part of the season because of a suspension.

Costa left the field on a stretcher in the first half of the match in Jerusalem

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Atletico says initial tests showed no bone damage in the striker's ankle. More exams will be conducted after the team returns to Madrid to assess any possible ligament damage.

The setback was the latest for Costa in a season marred by injuries and lackluster performances.

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Atletico's goal in the friendly was scored by Antoine Griezmann in his last match with the Spanish club. The France forward has decided to leave Atletico but is yet to announce his new club for next season.

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