Diego Costa misses Barcelona showdown

Enis Koylu
Diego Costa misses Barcelona showdown

Atletico Madrid has left Diego Costa out of the side to face Barcelona in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal.

The Spain international, who leads his side in scoring this season, limped off midway through the first half of the first leg at Camp Nou last week.

The capital club confirmed that he did not suffer a hamstring tear and had been hopeful that he could feature during the Vicente Calderon on Wedensday.

However, he has not recovered sufficiently to line up alongside his teammates or even take a place on the bench. Instead, Adrian Lopez stars up front alongside David Villa.

ATLETICO MADRID: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe; Gabi, Koke, Tiago, Raul Garcia; Adrian, Villa

BARCELONA: Pinto; Alves, Mascherano, Bartra, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta; Messi, Fabregas, Neymar