Spain coach takes new swipe at Chelsea over stars

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has taken a new swipe at Chelsea after Cesc Fabregas pulled out of the Spanish squad, reports the Daily Star, joining Diego Costa in being unavailable for their country.

A second war of words with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could be on the horizon following comments over the state of Cesc Fabregas’ fitness.

Del Bosque and Mourinho had a public spat only a few weeks ago over his use of Costa during the last international break which saw the forward injure his problematic hamstring and miss four games for the Blues.

Midfielder Fabregas played the full 90 minutes during their win over Liverpool at the weekend with Mourinho claiming after the match that his playmaker was touch and go for the game – and stating he would expect him to return early from Spanish duty as he wasn’t fit.

The player has indeed returned to West London days into the international break, much to the bewilderment of his national team coach.

Del Bosque has claimed that his medical staff could not find any problems with a reported hamstring complaint.

He said: “We had to wait a few days to evaluate Cesc’s injury and we opted for him not to continue with us.

“His muscle seems all right but he complains and he is the best doctor. I prefer to be deceived but I cannot be distrustful.

“When a player of his calibre tells you that he is injured, you have to believe him.

“At times we have been flexible but not in this case.”

The revelations look set to reignite the feud between the pair after it had looked to be finally over following Costa’s omission from this latest Spanish squad.

However focus is now on Fabregas’ fitness who has returned to rehabilitation with Chelsea’s medical team.

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