Atlético striker Costa sidelined with hamstring injury

Diego Costa’s hamstring injury will keep him out for at least two weeks. (AFP pic)

MADRID: Atlético Madrid forward Diego Costa faces at least two weeks out with a hamstring injury sustained during the 3-1 win over Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday.

“Diego Costa, who was substituted in the 69th minute against Brugge, underwent a scan on Friday to find out the extent of the injury,” said a statement from Atlético.

“The report given by the club’s medical service says he has suffered an injury in his left hamstring. His time out will be determined by how the injury evolves.”

Costa has been ruled out of Sunday’s La Liga game against Real Betis and was left out of Luis Enrique’s Spain squad on Thursday for the games against Wales and England.

Atlético did not say when Costa would return but a hamstring problem typically takes two weeks to recover from, meaning he may be fit to face Villarreal in La Liga on October 20.

Costa, who suffered a hamstring injury in the 2014 Champions League final in his first spell at Atlético, asked to come off against Brugge just after providing the pass from which Antoine Griezmann scored the second goal to restore their lead.

The striker has three goals in 10 games in all competitions this season although he has yet to score in La Liga.

Atlético will look to either Ángel Correa or Croatia striker Nikola Kalinić to partner France forward Griezmann up front.