Chelsea Striker Diego Costa has been ruled out of Spain’s upcoming games against Macedonia and England with a groin injury.
The Chelsea striker was carrying a groin injury he endured in Saturday’s 5-0 Premier League win over Everton and quickly experienced medicinal tests when he got together with the Spain squad.
Chelsea have a number of top-flight tough fixtures coming up, with their next Premier League match against Middlesbrough on November 20, followed by a local derby against Tottenham Hotspur and a tricky away to Manchester City. To maintain their winning run Antonio Conte will surely be adamant to get his star striker back in shape in the meantime.
The Striker has failed to participate in a training session this week and Spain coach Julen Lopetegui suggested that his recovery has been disappointing. As a consequence, the 28-year-old has been replaced with Veteran striker Iago Aspas, who has scored seven goals in all competitions for La Liga side Celta Vigo this term.
Lopetegui confirmed on Wednesday: ‘It’s true that his [Diego Costa] recovery has not been as positive as we had expected.’
The Premier League’s current top scorer has been in excellent form for Chelsea lately, scoring nine goals in the last nine Premier League games for the Blues, and one goal against Albania in Spain’s last World Cup Qualifier match.
After gaining the control in July, Lopetegui is still trying different tactics with his squad. However, he has been denied of many promising youth players this week as the Spain Under-21 squad will also play a vital play-off with Austria.
The former U-21 manager suggested that he could try different things with a back three against Macedonia as he tries to find the best strategy for the squad ahead of the next World Cup in 2020. Spain will also play a friendly game against England next Tuesday – the last time Spain won 2-0 against them.
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