Diego Costa is doing all he can to return from injury in time to face Arsene Wenger's Arsenal next week with the hope of haunting the north Londoners once again, according to reports.
The Spain international has been sidelined since Atletico Madrid's 1-0 defeat to Sporting CP in the last round of the Europa League, where he was forced off with a hamstring issue.
The 29-year-old will continue to play no part in the Spanish capital outfit's encounters, including their LaLiga clash with Real Betis on Sunday evening.
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Costa was with the Blues when he provoked the sending off of Arsenal defender
"He hits him [Koscielny] in the face on purpose. In every game there is aggravation, but he gets away with it because of the weakness of the referee", the 68-year-old, who announced he will be leaving Arsenal at the end of this season, said at the time.
"We are guilty because we responded. We knew before the game that he was only looking for that and when he gets touched he goes down like he has been killed. It's a big injustice. Twice he [Costa] should have been sent off."
However, despite the striker's personal motivation to break back into Atletico Madrid's starting XI ahead of the trip to London, boss Diego Simeone told Metro ahead of his side's clash with Betis that he sees his talisman having more of an impact on the second leg than next week's contest.
"The doctors will keep us informed, but I think it’s unlikely that he will play on Thursday", the Argentine said. "He’ll be back for the second leg, but I don’t think he’ll have a chance for the first."