Tuesday, May 26, 2015Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Football: Simeone refuses to rule Costa out of Champions League final

Published on May 20, 2014 6:17 AM
Atletico Madrid's Argentinian head coach Diego Simeone attends a press conference at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, May 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: EPA

MADRID (AFP) - Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has said he will give Diego Costa and Arda Turan every chance to prove their fitness ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Both players were forced off with injuries inside the first 25 minutes as Atletico claimed their first La Liga title in 18 years with a 1-1 draw away to Barcelona at the weekend.

Spanish media reported on Monday that Costa will miss the final after suffering the recurrence of a hamstring problem, whilst Turan has a hip injury.

“We are just starting the week. There are still a few days to go and we are not going to jump the gun because I think it is too early for such an important game, but we need the players to be in the right condition.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!