Diego Costa named in Atletico Madrid squad to face Arsenal

Diego Costa has been named in the Atletico Madrid squad for the first leg of the Europa League semi-final against Arsenal following concerns over a hamstring injury.

Atletico confirmed the former Chelsea striker as part of the 20-strong group which would travel to England in a post on the club’s official website and Twitter feed.

Costa had been taken off early in the second half against Sporting Lisbon on April 12 as Atletico went on to secure their place in the last four of the Europa League despite a 1-0 defeat, progressing 2-1 on aggregate.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s LaLiga match against Real Betis, which finished goalless, Atletico manager Diego Simeone had suggested Costa stood “no chance” of being fit for the first leg of the European tie at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal, meanwhile, come into the game on the back of a 4-1 Premier League win over West Ham in what was the first match since manager Arsene Wenger announced he would stand down at the end of the season.

Costa scored for Chelsea against the Gunners in last season’s FA Cup final, which Arsenal went on to win 2-1.

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