Costa training every day for Chelsea, reveals Terry

Chelsea captain John Terry has cast doubt onto claims made by manager Jose Mourinho regarding the fitness of Spain striker Diego Costa, the Daily Mail has reported.

Mourinho had said that Costa was unable to train due to a hamstring injury and couldn’t cope physically with playing three games in a week. The Portuguese wanted Costa rested for Spain’s Euro 2016 qualification double-header against Slovakia and Luxembourg as a result, but Costa has been called up by Coach Vicente Del Bosque.

Terry has said however that from seeing Costa up close day in, day out, the former Atletico Madrid striker appears ready for action. “I’m not sure where that’s (hamstring issue) coming from. He certainly isn’t showing that against me in training,” Terry said. “He is training every day, he looks sharp, he looks angry, he looks aggressive. He’s fit at the moment and that’s the main thing.”

Costa moved to Stamford Bridge from Vicente Calderon over the summer, scoring nine goals in his first nine games, including the second goal of Sunday’s 2-0 win over Arsenal. The 25-year-old has though yet to break his duck for Spain, having switched allegiance to La Roja from the country of his birth, Brazil, prior to the World Cup.

He previously won two caps for Brazil but as both were in friendlies, he was able to later represent Spain. Costa’s Brazil debut came against Italy, the same opposition for his first Spain appearance.

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