Chelsea’s Diego Costa to miss Spain’s internationals through injury

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is set to miss Spain’s two international games, one of which in a Euro 2016 qualifier, with the Brazilian-born front man having picked up a hamstring injury, reports BBC Sport.

The 26-year-old picked up the injury during Chelsea’s 3-2 win against Hull City. He will return to the club to receive treatment. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has spoken about Costa’s hamstring problems ever since he joined from Atletico Madrid in the summer, but he’s heavily featured through the season for the Blues.

Spain have been suffering following a miserable showing in the World Cup 2014, but Costa was one player expected to spearhead the attack as they endured a transition period, following the international retirements of ageing stars. Costa has been in fine form domestically, scoring 20 goals this season, but now Juanmi (Malaga) has been called up as his replacement.

Spain are set to face Ukraine (Euro 2016 qualifier) and the Netherlands (international friendly), during the international break, but they won’t have Costa up front. Earlier in the campaign, Costa was said to be overcoming hamstring problems that limited his game time for Chelsea, but has since enjoyed a long run in the team.

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