Atleti lose Diego Costa to foot surgery amid title chase

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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.