Diego Costa omitted from Spain's Euro 2016 squad over fitness concerns

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Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has revealed concerns over Diego Costa's fitness helped him decide against including the Chelsea striker in his provisional 25-man squad for Euro 2016. 

Costa has been struggling with a hamstring injury and was forced to sit out the Blues' final game of the season against Leicester in the hope he would be fit for the summer. 

But Del Bosque insists even if Costa was ostensibly fit, his injury woes - which have seen him miss 10 Premier League games over the course of the campaign - mean he would be too big a risk.


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Fitness doubts 

“We have weighed everything up. We do not want to call up too many people with doubts over their fitness", the Spain coach said, according to ESPN

"There is lot of competition. We can't bring them all, we just bring those most useful."

Spain are under huge pressure to make an impact at the tournament, as the 2008 and 2012 winners were embarrassed at the 2014 World Cup and cannot afford to perform like that again. 

They exited at the group stage in 2014, but they will still be among the favourites to go all the way this time around. 

Costa under-par

Admittedly, Costa may not be able to help them in that, because he has been off the boil this season, so Del Bosque may have better options up front. The Chelsea man only scored 12 times in the Premier League, and his ill-discipline could also be a concern. 

Fernando Torres is another notable absentee from the side, as he has returned to form since his return to Atletico Madrid, scoring 11 times in 17 La Liga games this season. Atletico youngster Saul Niguez does make the cut, however, even though he has never played at senior level for the national side. 

Juan Mata will be staying at home, and will be forced to watch on as his Manchester United team-mate David de Gea features. Another Premier League star to miss out is Arsenal's Santi Cazorla, but that is unsurprising considering Del Bosque's emphasis on fitness.

"The Cazorla situation is very like Diego's; he has been out five months, made a great effort to be ready, but we can't have many doubts", he said. 

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David De Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: Bruno Soriano (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid)

Forwards: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid)

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