Diego Costa set to return for Atletico Madrid's tie against Liverpool

Diego Costa set to make injury comeback for Atletico Madrid during crunch Champions League tie against Liverpool after returning to training following back problem

  • Diego Costa has been out with a herniated disc for the last three months 
  • But the Spanish international is set to return for the first-leg against Liverpool
  • Atletico Madrid face Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano on February 18 

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is confident of facing Liverpool on February 18 in the Champions League last-16. 

The 31-year-old has been out since November after a herniated disc injury and it was feared he would be out for the rest of the season. 

But a report from Spanish outlet Cadena Sur claims the player is confident of starting the match against the European Champions after he returned to full training. 

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is set to make his return against Liverpool on February 18

It would come as a huge boost for Diego Simeone’s side, with Alvaro Morata touch-and-go for the tie and defender Kieran Trippier already likely to miss out.  

The club currently don’t have a fit senior striker, with summer signing Joao Felix also out injured. 

Costa returned to Atletico in 2018 from Chelsea after a previous spell at the club from 2010 to 2014. 

The Spanish international has struggled for form since his return though, and has scored just two goals in 15 appearances in all competitions this season.  

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