Barcelona vs Atletico Injury Update: Neymar & Costa Ready to Play
Jordi Alba, Gerard Piqué and Neymar are all fit for duty and have been called up to the Barcelona squad for Saturday's must-win game against Atlético, which will see one of the two teams crowned 'La Liga' champions.
Martino has called up 24 players, including Puyol and Jonathan dos Santos, who have not yet been declared fit by doctors.
After being out injured for several weeks, Neymar, Alba and Piqué trained normally with the rest of the team this Friday, although there is still a question mark over whether they will start Saturday's game.
The Barça team will meet up tonight at the Catalan capital's Princesa Sofia Hotel. They will hold a light training session tomorrow morning ahead of the big match scheduled for 18:00 at the Camp Nou.
Diego costa will start
By Alberto Barbero
Diego Pablo Simeone talked to the press ahead of the title decider between Barça and Atlético, stating that the team is "buzzing" leading up to what is an "important match, just like every time you play against Barcelona".
The Argentinian coach crucially revealed that Diego Costa "is fit and will play from the start" in Saturday's match.
Though there is just over a week to go until the Champions League final against Real Madrid, Simeone said that the clash in Lisbon is on the back burner: "No one is thinking about the Champions League final right now. There is a lot of nice build-up to come, but we're focused on tomorrow; we live in the moment".
The Argentine is confident Atleti are up for the title showdown: "There is no need to motivate the players ahead of a big match like this. The coach's job is to get the team prepared and we are trying to come up with the best ways to make sure the match is played on our terms. Here's hoping the team can deliver on the pitch".
Asked whether Barcelona deserve to win the title, Simeone replied that "it's not about deserving it, it's about winning it". "I expect Barça to come out strong and am anticipating it to be the hardest of our recent matches against them".
Atlético's three-point lead may not ultimately be enough: "I never dreamed that we would be six points ahead of Barça or seven ahead of Real going into the last day. The situation is what you would expect. They've never stopped competing, they were always up there".