Atlético Madrid have confirmed that striker Diego Costa has suffered a back injury which will force him into a spell on the sidelines.
Costa, who has netted just twice in 2019/20, has endured a challenging start to the season and has recently lost his place in Diego Simeone's starting lineup, with the likes of Álvaro Morata and Ángel Correa ahead of him in the pecking order.
Atlético noted on their official website that Costa has been struggling with back pain for a few days, prompting a visit to the club doctor, who diagnosed Costa with a cervical disc herniation.
He has been sent to a specialist, who will determine the severity of the injury and what treatment will be required for Costa.
At the minute, there is no definite recovery date for Costa. He will be given the remainder of the international break to try and get back to full fitness, but he is a huge doubt for Los Rojiblancos' trip to Granada on 24 November.
Atlético will then face Barcelona on 1 November, in a game which could be crucial to their La Liga titles hopes.
Simeone's side currently find themselves third in the table, one point behind both Real Madrid and Barcelona. However, Atlético have played one game more than the two sides above them, who will square off in the rearranged El Clásico on 18 December.
They certainly have their defence to thank for their current position. The majority of their strikers have struggled greatly this season, with Morata the only played to net more than two goals since the start of the campaign.
Their tally of 15 league goals from 13 games is considerably lower than both Real and Barcelona have managed, so Atlético certainly need their strikers to step up soon if they are to maintain their title push.
Fortunately for Simeone, he will soon welcome 20-year-old João Félix back to training as the young forward is closing in on a return from an ankle injury, so there will be plenty of options to choose from in Costa's absence.
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