Chelsea striker Diego Costa is now a serious doubt for inclusion in Spain’s Euro 2016 squad after suffering a hamstring injury.
The forward didn’t feature Wednesday night as Chelsea drew 1-1 at Liverpool, while he’s also set to miss the Blues’ final game of the season on Sunday at home to champions Leicester City.
Costa, who’s scored one goal in 10 appearances for Spain since switching his allegiance from Brazil, now faces a race against time to be included in Vicente del Bosque’s squad for the tournament, which is set to be named on Tuesday, as reported by Al Primer Toque.
The 27-year-old has scored 12 goals in 28 Premier League appearances this season, and is a key player in the Spain squad, although Del Bosque does have other options at his disposal, including Alvaro Morata, Aritz Aduriz, Paco Alcacer and Nolito.
The absence of Costa isn’t too much of a concern for Chelsea, as it provides interim manager Guus Hiddink with an opportunity to provide young players with a chance to impress. Bertrand Traore for instance featured against Liverpool Wednesday night, with academy prospect Tammy Abraham also being brought on for his first-team debut.
Costa has never previously participated in the European Championships, so will be determined to win his fitness battle ahead of this summer’s tournament in France.
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