Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa sufferes slipped disc

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa sufferes slipped disc

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa sufferes slipped disc

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is facing three months on the sidelines due to a slipped disc in his neck with the club set to weigh up treatment options in the coming days.

Scans undertaken in recent days identified the issue, which relates to the spine, but a rehabilitation programme has not yet been formulated.

Atletico Madrid said X-rays on Thursday show Costa has a herniated cervical disc.

Atlético de Madrid explained in its statement that the player will be evaluated by specialists in neurosurgery to establish the definitive treatment.

Former Chelsea striker Costa skilled earlier this week just after showing for the ultimate 10 minutes of Atletico's three-one win about Espanyol on Sunday.

He has started eight of his side's 11 La Liga games this season, scoring two goals.

Costa has located the web two times from 15 appearances in all competitions this phrase.

Diego Simeone's team are now third in the La Liga table, one point behind Real Madrid and Barcelona who are level at the top of the league.

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