Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is set to be sidelined for three months after undergoing a successful operation on his neck. Costa felt discomfort in his neck last week in training and the club decided the injury required surgery.
In a statement issued on the club’s official website, Atleti confirmed that Costa had an operation on his herniated cervical disc on Thursday and while the procedure was successful, recovery time requires two to three months, meaning he will miss Atletico’s La Liga game against Barcelona on December 1.
He is also unlikely to play in either of their last two Champions League group games against Juventus and Lokomotiv Moscow but could return in time for the round of 16 matches at the end of February.
Speaking earlier this week, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo disclosed that there were no plans to sign a January replacement for Costa in the event of surgery.
In his words;
“No, because we already tried to sign [a striker] at the beginning of the season and you know that you have to sell someone to be able to buy someone. So, I don’t know. In principle, no. We have a fantastic team and fantastic strikers who score many goals.”
Record signing Joao Felix is in line to boost Diego Simeone’s attack by returning from a sprained ankle when Atletico visited Granada in LaLiga on Saturday. Like Costa, the Portuguese forward has only two top-flight goals to his name this season. Alvaro Morata leads the way with five for a team that has 15 goals in 13 LaLiga outings so far.
Atletico Madrid is currently lying in the third position on the LaLiga table, a point behind Barcelona and Real Madrid having played a game more.