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Diego Costa returns to training after ‘miracle’ treatment, optimistic for Champions League final

by Tom Conn | Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Atletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa has returned from Belgrade, where he underwent a ‘miracle treatment’ performed by Dr. Marijana Kovacevic, which involves rubbing a gel made from a horse placenta into the injured hamstring, which is said to speed up the recovery five-times faster than normal treatment, in hopes of getting him fit in time for Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Diego Simeone, Diego Costa & David Villa

Costa returned to training on Wednesday, but intends on taking things easy, although the treatment shouldn’t put him at risk for the World Cup if it doesn’t work out, but the Brazilian-born Spanish International is optimistic he will play.

According to Spanish sports daily, AS, Dr. Kovacevic’s process includes “applying a gel over the injured area in which is based with amniotic fluid of the mare’s placenta. After a massage, the doctor then uses electric impulse therapy to stimulate the muscles and activate the gel. Dr. Kovacevic has stated that one hour of treatment has the same effect as a conventional seven-hour treatment. For cases similar to that of Costa’s ailments, Kovacevic estimates a recovery period of seven days  and ensures the player will be fully fit at the end of the treatment.”

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