April 13, 2018 / 3:18 PM / a year ago

Atletico striker Costa in danger of missing Arsenal tie

Soccer Football - Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg - Sporting CP v Atletico Madrid - Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal - April 12, 2018 Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa gestures REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

MADRID (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa risks missing their Europa League semi-final games against Arsenal after he was diagnosed with a hamstring injury on Friday.

Spain striker Costa was forced off early in the second half of Atletico’s 1-0 loss at Sporting Lisbon on Thursday which took them into the last four of the competition 2-1 on aggregate.

“Upon returning to Madrid the club’s medical services did tests on our striker and their report indicates he suffered a hamstring strain in his left leg and his availability will be determined by how the injury develops,” said a statement from the Liga side.

Atletico visit Arsenal in the first leg of their semi-final tie on April 26, playing them at home in the return leg at the Wanda Metropolitano on May 3.

Costa was a frequent tormentor of Arsenal in his three seasons with Chelsea, scoring in two victories over Arsene Wenger’s side in the Premier League, and also helped get Gabriel Paulista sent off in a 2-0 win.

Costa, who returned to Atletico last year and has scored six goals in 18 games this season, also netted for Chelsea against Arsenal in the 2017 FA Cup final, which the Gunners won 2-1.

Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ken Ferris

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