Diego Costa isn’t exactly having a great season for Atletico Madrid.

Diagnosed with Covid-19 in September, the striker then picked up a muscle injury in October, and has subsequently played only five matches this season.

From those games, which mostly came as a substitute, he’s managed a solitary goal and it’s becoming increasingly clear Diego Simeone can no longer rely on the 32-year-old.

Last season wasn’t much better, with five goals in 23 La Liga appearances, none in 7 Champions League matches, and further injury problems.

This is all partly why Simeone encouraged Atletico to sign Luis Suarez from Barcelona, yet he had to sit out the weekend defeat of his former club with his own Covid-19 case.

Atletico now report further woes for the Madrid club, with the club revealing Costa has ‘deep vein thrombosis’ in his right leg. It’s explained that has been the cause of recent muscle pain, and isn’t related to any knock or previous injury.

The prognosis is yet to be confirmed, with Atletico stating that’s ‘pending’.