Sergio Ramos has sensationally questioned the validity of the injuries sustained by international teammates Francesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, claiming that there is ‘a world of difference’ between what is said publicly and the actual truth when it comes to a player’s injury.
Both Costa and Fabregas will be missing from Spain’s squads to play in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus on Saturday and a friendly against Germany the following Tuesday, and yet Ramos has appeared to criticise their actions, as relayed by ESPN.
"It is difficult because this is not a club team, but the national team where you do not come here every day," Ramos said.
"Laying out rules is difficult. Often with injuries there can be a world of difference between what we have and what is said in public.
"Above all I would have like the players to show the same commitment to the national team as they do to their club. You must communicate this commitment and spirit to all the new players. Whether you club pays, or the national team."
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"Above all I would have like the players to show the same commitment to the national team as they do to their club"
Del Bosque vs Mourinho
His comments come after it was confirmed that Vicente del Bosque would be allowing Fabregas to return to his club for treatment on a hamstring injury sustained during Chelsea’s victory over Liverpool.
That turn of events was shrouded in controversy because of suggestions that the injury wasn’t nearly as so severe as Mourinho had initially made it out to be.
What’s more is that the Blues boss’s relationship with Del Bosque is already strained thanks to their spat over the fitness of Costa. The Spain coach has already insisted that the only reason he chose not to involve the free-scoring striker in his squad was to avoid confrontation with Mourinho, as the latter was frustrated with the fact that Costa was unable to play in the games following his last international venture.
Ramos’s words will at the very least add spice to a cauldron which is already threatening to bubble over. The way Spain have capitulated over the course of the last year, made all the more pertinent by their shambolic showing at the World Cup, has heaped the pressure on Del Bosque to get positive results, and to do that he’ll argue that he needs his best players.
Of course Mourinho has a similar conundrum when it comes to his ambitions of winning the Premier League. Both Costa and Fabregas have performed exceptionally so far this term, and losing either to a long-term injury sustained whilst appearing for Spain would put paid to his plans.
With 11 games played so far Mourinho's men are unbeaten in England’s top flight, whilst Spain sit second in Group C of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.