Chelsea’s Costa and Fabregas warned over places in Spain squad

Following the high profile omissions of Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has warned that they will find it hard to win their places back, the Daily Star is reporting.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Del Bosque have been locked in a war of words in recent weeks after Diego Costa picked up an injury on Spain duty, despite Mourinho’s concerns of over using the striker – he has been struggling with a hamstring problem since last season.

Costa was omitted from this latest squad following the dispute but Fabregas pulled out too without training with complaints of a muscular injury to his leg.

Del Bosque risked the wrath of the Chelsea boss once again by claiming his medical staff could not find any evidence of injury – despite complaints by the player and his manager insisting he risked his star by playing him the whole 90 minutes of their win over Liverpool.

Spain have since beaten Belarus 3-0 and after the game the national team coach stated that the two players will find it hard to regain their places amongst his squad.

He said: “Maybe when Costa and Cesc return, other players will have taken their place.

“That’s not a threat: it’s a reality. My responsibility has always been to search for normality, the best thing for our football.”

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