Diego Costa out of Ukraine game, Netherlands friendly

Spain forward Diego Costa will miss the holders’ Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Ukraine on Friday and a friendly away to Netherlands four days later due to a hamstring injury sustained playing for Chelsea at the weekend. Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) medical staff confirmed the injury in tests in Madrid and Costa has withdrawn from the squad, the RFEF said on Spain’s official website (www.

sefutbol.com) on Tuesday.

“Diego Costa will return t

Spain forward Diego Costa will miss the holdersand#39 Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Ukraine on Friday and a friendly away to Netherlands four days later due to a hamstring injury sustained playing for Chelsea at the weekend.

ish soccer federation (RFEF) medical staff confirmed the injury in tests in Madrid and Costa has withdrawn from the squad, the RFEF said on Spainand#39s official website (www.

sefutbol.com) on Tuesday.

andquotDiego Costa will return to Chelsea where he will undergo the corresponding medical treatment,andquot the federation added.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has already drafted Juanmi in as cover, the 21-year-old Malaga forward winning his first call-up after representing Spain at junior level.

Del Bosque said Costa, who missed Spainand#39s previous two games due to injury concerns, had complained of feeling andquotjinxedandquot.

andquotHe has a muscle tear and he wasnand#39t going to play but the lad wanted to come and be examined by our doctors, to make himself available and so that nobody was suspicious,andquot Del Bosque told Spanish radio.

andquotAs far as I am concerned he didnand#39t have to come because there is maximum confidence in the player and the logical thing would have been not to come but he wanted to be with us,andquot added the 64-year-old.

andquotHe says he has bad luck and that it seems like someone has jinxed him Thatand#39s what people say when they really want to come and I hope he is able to join us again soon.

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With four matches played, Spain are second in Euro 2016 qualification Group C on nine points, three behind leaders Slovakia, who beat them 2-1 in Zilina in October, and level with Ukraine.

The friendly against Netherlands in Amsterdam on March 31 is a repeat of the 2010 World Cup final and the first time the teams clash since Netherlands crushed Spain 5-1 in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup.

(Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman