Diego Costa has been forced to pull out of Spain's squad for the international break with a thigh muscle injury, it has been confirmed.
The striker was forced from the pitch in Chelsea's 3-2 win against Hull on Sunday, and now the Spanish Football Federation has confirmed he will miss the Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine and a friendly with the Netherlands.
A statement read: "Diego Costa, left the premises of the Spanish Football Federation this morning after undergoing several tests with the medical services of the RFEF.
"The striker has suffered a level 1 hamstring tear on the biceps femoris of the left thigh, which was previously already noted by the medical services of his club." Diego Costa will return to Chelsea FC where he will undergo the corresponding medical treatment."
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has previously been unhappy with Costa's willingness to miss international fixtures, notably when the striker and team-mate Cesc Fabregas pulled out of a squad late last year.
"It could be that when Costa and Fabregas come back another player has taken their place," he said at the time. "That is not a threat, it’s just reality."
Chelsea will try to sign Radamel Falcao on loan
Chelsea will make a surprise move to sign Radamel Falcao on loan in the summer, according to the Sun.
The Colombian has struggled badly at Manchester United this season, where he is on loan from Monaco, and the Red Devils are highly unlikely to make his move to Old Trafford permanent in May.
The Sun claim that the Blues are looking at the possibility of taking him on loan in order for him to have another chance to prove his worth in England. The newspaper adds that Liverpool are looking to make a similar move as well.
John Terry says "immense" dressing room will secure Chelsea title
John Terry has moved to calm any fears among Chelsea fans that they are heading for a wobble in form that could derail their march to the Premier League title this season.
Sunday saw Loic Remy score a crucial late goal at Hull City to give Jose Mourinho's men a victory they looked like they were going to throw away after giving up a 2-0 lead in the first half. The Blues have looked far from convincing in recent weeks but Terry says there's enough strong characters in the dressing room to see them through.
“Showing the character is what we have been about for years and this season too. I’m delighted for us to come back and win the game," he told reporters after the game. "When you set the standard so high as we have done from the word go, then start dropping points at home and go out of the Champions League, once again it comes back down to character.
“It’s immense in the dressing room, there is an awful lot of experience in there. It will serve the younger lads well, too. It was an important three points at Hull going into the international break.
"For everyone to dwell over that for two weeks was massive. We showed great character. The importance of the win showed on the players’ faces and manager’s afterwards. It’s exciting. Everyone won on the Saturday, we had to come to Hull and win before the international break - it was huge."
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