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No talks on new signing to replace injured Diego Costa: Atletico coach

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Atletico Madrid Simeone on Friday said he had not addressed a potential replacement for Spanish forward Costa, adding that he would work with the players he has on hand to continue the team's campaign this year.

Brazilian-born Costa underwent a successful on the fifth metatarsal bone of his left foot in and is expected to be sidelined for at least two months, a long spell that prompted talk of a potential signing during the winter transfer window, reports news.

"We have not discussed (with the club on signings in the winter transfer window). And as always we will try starting from our upcoming match to find the best solutions," Simeone said during a press conference on the eve of his side's clash with Alaves.

The Argentine head explained that any number of Los Rojiblancos' players, from Nikola Kalinc, to Gelson Martins could fill in for the injured Costa.

"Hopefully Kalinic can have consistency, Correa can be precise when he plays as forward as he did against and when it is Gelson's turn, he can repeat a little bit of what he did against Sant Andreu," said Simeone.

The declined to comment on reports that claimed that Celta Vigo's Uruguayan forward is on Atletico's radar for a possible trade.



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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 20:14 IST