Chelsea FC: Diego Costa Feels Jinxed, Vicente Del Bosque Reveals


Chelsea FC and Spain forward Diego Costa is now set to miss international duty yet again, after limping off injured against Hull City on Sunday.

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The striker — who sparked a club vs country row during the last international break — has apparently injured his fragile hamstring, coincidentally, just before the Spanish National team take on Ukraine in a Euro 2016 qualifier and Netherlands in a friendly match.

Jun 7, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Spain striker Diego Costa (19) dribbles the ball past El Salvador defender Jonathan Barrios (4) in the first half at FedEx Field. Spain won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

According to Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque, Costa made himself available, despite being injured. Malaga forward Juanmi will instead join the team for the two fixtures.

Last November, Costa absented himself from matches vs Germany and Belarus due to the very same injury. Del Bosque and other members of the Spain squad had a few criticizing remarks to throw his way.

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas also found himself in the midst of the drama, as he was deemed unfit to play as well.

This time around though, Del Bosque has revealed, via Spanish radio, that Costa did present himself, and that he feels extremely unlucky to be missing out on yet another occasion.

"“He has a muscle tear and he wasn’t going to play but the lad wanted to come and be examined by our doctors, to make himself available and so that nobody was suspicious.”“As far as I am concerned he didn’t have to come because there is maximum confidence in the player and the logical thing would have been not to come but he wanted to be with us.”“He says he has bad luck and that it seems like someone has jinxed him. That’s what people say when they really want to come and I hope he is able to join us again soon.”-Vicente Del BosqueSource: Express"

Jinxed may be just the word. Along with a torrid World Cup during which Spain went out at the earliest possible time, Costa was on quite the drought internationally.

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He registered his first goal for Las Rojas during a 4-0 victory against Luxembourg last October, the strike came after 515 minutes of play — the longest any Spain striker has ever gone without scoring his first goal.

Costa has remained in fine form at a club level. After scoring 36 goals for Atletico Madrid last season, he has now scored 19 times for Chelsea, despite missing quite a few matches due to injury and suspension.

The striker has not been fully assessed by Chelsea medical staff, but will remain with his team for treatment. Should he be unavailable to face Stoke City, the Blues’ next opponents, Jose Mourinho does have able backup in Loic Remy and Didier Drogba.

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