- Diego Simeone thrown into confusion as two of his key players are set to be unavailable for their Europa League clash against Arsenal
- Costa has been sidelined since he limped off in his side's 1-0 defeat to Sporting Lisbon earlier this month
- Juanfran is the latest player to joined the list of injured players and their manager will have to make do with the players on ground
Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran has been ruled out of his side’s Europa League semifinal clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, April 26.
The 33-year-old was substituted in the 65th minute of his side’s 0-0 draw against Real Betis in their Spanish League encounter Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday.
His return to Diego Simeone’s squad is looking unlikely according to the statement released by the club after undergoing a number of tests.
The Spaniard was replaced by Sime Vrsaljko for the remainder of their barren draw last weekend.
"Juanfran took tests which determined that our full back suffered an injury to the hamstring in his left leg," read an Atletico statement.
Former Chelsea forward Diego Costa is also struggling with fitness ahead of the first leg of their UEFA second tier championship in two days’ time.
The Brazilian born Spanish player limped off in the 52ndd minute of his side’s 1-0 defeat to Sporting Lisbon in the second leg of their quarterfinal match, but progressed on 2-1 aggregate after winning the first leg by 2-0.
Costa has missed his side’s last three games against Levante, Real Sociedad and Real Betis, while his availability for the Gunners’ game is unsure.
Though, they don’t know when he will be fully fit to return to action, but his manager is hoping he can return for the second leg next week.
"I think he has little chance of playing on Thursday in the first leg, but he will be back for the second," said Simeone.
It leaves the Atletico boss with just 14 available senior player for the trip to London.
Simeone added: “It is normal; the same as any worker in his job, when June or July comes you begin to feel tired.
"I am not surprised, it happens to everyone.
“There is pressure, but the nice part of the season is coming now, the games for which we have worked hard, and we will try and give our best."
Atletico Madrid are second on the Spanish League table with 72 points from 34 league games, and they have a chance at winning silverware should they win the Europa League title this season.
They have won two UEFA second tier titles – in 2010 and 2012, while the number of La Liga titles stand at 10, their last being in the 2013-14 season.
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