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Costa and Ronaldo win fitness race

ESPN staff
May 24, 2014
Diego Costa had limped out of Atletico's final match of the season © Getty Images

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa have overcome recent injury problems and will start in Saturday's Champions League final.

Costa was a major doubt for the Lisbon showpiece having been diagnosed with a grade 1 hamstring tear last Monday, but having undergone a "miracle" horse-placenta treatment in Belgrade this week, the Atletico top scorer surprisingly took some part in team training on his return to Madrid on Thursday.

Meanwhile Ronaldo - who has not played since substituting himself with a thigh muscle problem just eight minutes into Madrid's 1-1 draw at Valladolid on May 7 - also returned to group training for the first time this week at his club's session on Thursday at Valdebebas, although AS reports that he only took part in a limited role for precautionary reasons.

Real Madrid starting XI: Casillas, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao, Khedira, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Carvajal, Modric, Di Maria Substitutes: Lopez, Pepe, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Morata, Isco, Illarra

Atletico Madrid starting XI: Courtois, Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, Filipe Luis, Gabi, Tiago, Koke, Raul Garcia, Villa, Costa Substitutes: Aranzubia, Alderweireld, Sosa, Mario Suarez, Diego, Rodriguez, Adrian

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