Horse placenta treatment fails as Diego Costa subbed off NINE minutes into Champions League final | inside World Soccer

Diego Costa's miraculous placenta based treatment didn't give the hoped for results as the Atlético Madrid striker lasted just nine minutes of the Champions League final.

The 25-year-old limped out of last week's victorious La Liga title decider at Barcelona with a hamstring injury, seemingly ending his hopes of playing against Real Madrid in Lisbon.

However, Atlético made a desperate bid to have Costa available for Saturday's showdown by sending him to see supposed miracle worker Marijana Kovačević in Serbia.

Kovačević, who uses fluid derived from horse placenta to repair damaged cells, has previously treated Robin van Persie and Frank Lampard, among a number of football players.

Remarkably, thanks to an infamous dose of horse placenta, Costa had surprisingly been passed fit to start in the Champions League final.

Costa, though, looked uncomfortable in the opening phase of the match and asked to be taken off after just nine minutes of play, being replaced by Adrián.

"No doubt the fact Diego played was my responsibility and I made a mistake," Atlético coach Diego Simeone told a press conference.

"Obviously he wasn't as good as he had been the day before. That was my decision to make.

"We looked at each other, we caught each other's eye, and we didn't want to lose time in this game playing with one player less. It just couldn't be."

It now remains to be seen whether the Spanish-Brazilian striker will be fit in time for the World Cup, which begins on 12 June.

Simeone added: "I don't know if he'll have a problem (playing in the World Cup). We'll have to talk to him and the doctors and see."


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