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Atleti lose Diego Costa to foot surgery amid title chase

Club Atletico de Madrid v FC Barcelona - La Liga

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 24: Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid and Samuel Umtiti of Barcelona tangle during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano on November 24, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

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MADRID (AP) Striker Diego Costa will undergo foot surgery and is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.

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Atletico Madrid says Costa will be operated on his left foot this week in Brazil with the supervision of Atletico doctors.

The Brazil-born player had been bothered by the foot injury for a few weeks. He said he wasn’t being able to play at full strength because of the injury.

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Costa needed similar surgery on the same foot 12 years ago.

Atletico is third in the Spanish league, three points behind leader Barcelona after 14 matches.