Arsenal defender assumed Diego Costa had caused injury

Date published: Thursday 24th May 2018 9:31 - Matthew Stead

Arsenal centre-half Laurent Koscielny just kind of assumed Diego Costa had caused the injury that scuppered his World Cup chances.

Koscielny was set to be named in France’s squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, but suffered an Achilles rupture in the semi-final of the Europa League against Atletico Madrid.

The Frenchman faces at least six months on the sidelines as a result, and admits he instinctively blamed Costa at first.

Atletico striker Costa was in the vicinity when the injury occurred, but had nothing to do with the incident itself.

“When I fell, I thought it was because Costa had tackled me,” Koscielny told the French Football Federation website.

“But not at all. I looked around me and I was all alone. I immediately knew that my tendon had gone. The pain wasn’t normal — I felt a terrible rupture. And I heard a big ‘splash’ — a huge crack. Costa, who wasn’t far from me, heard it too.

“My first reaction was to say: ‘It’s done — my tendon has snapped.’ I was screaming on the pitch. I remember hitting my hand on the ground several times. It was an atrocious pain.

“At that exact moment, I knew that it would be at least six months before I could play again.”


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