Chelsea striker Diego Costa has admitted that he's starting to get fed up with being perennially injured when it comes time to report for international duty, although he does feel taking what he describes as a "constant beating" in the Premier League may have something to do with it.
Costa was forced to pull out of another Spain squad earlier this week after suffering a hamstring injury during Chelsea's 3-2 win over Hull City on Sunday, the latest in a long line of problems for the Brazilian-born forward.
The 26-year-old has already missed three of Spain's five fixtures this season and will now miss two more, a trend that has forced the target man to concede his Spain career has been nothing short of a dud thus far.
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Story hasn't started with Spain
After being declared unfit by Spain doctors Costa spoke to Marca in their Madrid newsroom before heading back to West London, discussing his La Roja woes and comparisons between the Premier League and La Liga.
"My story with the Spanish national team hasn't started yet," Costa insisted. "I haven't done anything yet. I'm sorry not to be able to contribute what I wanted to. Something always happens to me when Spain matches are coming up. I'm raring to succeed with Spain."
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No complaints at this stage
The treatment Costa receives from Premier League defenders was also highlighted, although a man with 19 goals in 23 games won't be complaining anytime soon if he continues to enjoy tremendous domestic success in a Chelsea shirt.
Costa said: "I take a beating constantly, just like in Spain. But I'm not complaining. They go in hard, but also you don't get the free-kicks you do in Spain.
"Sometimes defenders try to target me and put me off my game, but my self-control is getting better and I just try to do my thing."
Spain have every right to be disappointed
There's no question that Costa has failed miserably to match the high standards he sets as club level since controversially deciding to represent Spain over Brazil, scoring just once in six appearances.
Injury problems have played their part, with Costa clearly struggling during a dismal showing at the World Cup. Pulling out of nearly every squad this season has left Spain justifiably feeling like they're not Costa's first priority though, a situation not helped by Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
Hardly a fan of diplomacy, Mourinho has created an environment whereby there's mistrust over Costa's fitness and medical checks from Spain staff are required constantly.
If Costa truly wants to be a success at international level this cannot be allowed to continue, because at the moment he's for better or worse giving rivals for a starting spot the chance to shine.
Chelsea fans probably won't lose too much sleep over that, but you can be sure Costa will this week as Spain play Ukraine and the Netherlands without him leading the line.
Chelsea fans, has Mourinho handled this club vs. country situation badly. Are Costa's continual injury complaints a major worry? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!
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