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Diego Costa in line to face Chelsea in Champions League as ex-Blues ace returns to Atletico Madrid training

DIEGO COSTA should be available for Atletico Madrid’s Champions League tie against Chelsea, after recovering from deep vein thrombosis.

The Spanish international was diagnosed with the nasty condition three weeks ago.

Diego Costa has recovered from deep vein thrombosis


Diego Costa has recovered from deep vein thrombosisCredit: AFP – Getty

Deep vein thrombosis is a condition that involves a blood clot forming in a deep vein in the body.

It is most usually suffered in the leg or pelvis.

Costa, 32, had only just returned from a muscle injury, when his latest ailment struck.

And the luckless former Blue also suffered from Covid-19 during the summer, which is thought to have possibly affected his latest medical condition.

Costa is yet to feature in the Champions League this season, and has appeared just five times in LaLiga.

He picked up a muscle injury, having appeared in the first four matches of the season for Diego Simeone’s men.

After missing three games, he returned to make a 17 minute cameo against Barcelona on November 21, before his deep vein thrombosis diagnosis.

Costa has been linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid, having struggled for form and fitness since leaving Stamford Bridge.

Costa has only played 17 minutes since mid-October


Costa has only played 17 minutes since mid-OctoberCredit: Getty Images – Getty

He is likely to remain at Wanda Metropolitano until his contract expires at the end of the season, however.

Costa scored 58 goals in 120 games during a glittering three-year spell in West London, during which he won two Premier League titles.

And he’ll hope to feature against his former side, when they face off in the Spanish capital on February 23, with the return leg in London set for March 17.

The Spaniard bagged 58 goals and won two titles in his time at Chelsea


The Spaniard bagged 58 goals and won two titles in his time at ChelseaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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