Tuesday March 24th, 2015

Chelsea striker Diego Costa will not join the Spanish national team when it plays Ukraine in a Euro 2016 qualifying match on Friday. Costa will also sit out Spain's friendly match against the Netherlands on March 31.

Costa left the field in pain during Chelsea's 3-2 win over Hull on Sunday. A statement from the Spanish Football Federation detailed the extent of his injury and said that he would undergo treatment at his club team's facilities.

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"The striker suffers 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, whereby the Medical staff at the RFEF recommend him not to take part in the National Team's next matches against Ukraine and the Netherlands."

"Diego Costa will return to Chelsea FC where he will undergo the corresponding medical treatment."

Costa scored his 20th goal of the English Premier League season before he left Sunday's match with 15 minutes remaining.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has already called up 21-year-old Malaga striker Juanmi to replace Costa on the roster for the match with Ukraine.

Spain is currently second in its qualifying group for Euro 2016, going 3-1 thus far. Its lone loss came Oct. 9 in a 2-1 decision to Slovakia. Spain won its most recent Euro 2016 qualifying match, beating Belarus 3-0 on Nov. 15.

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Spain is the defending European champion after posting a 4-0 win over Italy in the Euro 2012 final.

 
- Phil Watson

 

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