After suffering from a hamstring injury in Sunday’s Premier League match against Hull City, Chelsea striker Diego Costa is out of the Spanish national team. This the Spanish Football Association announced Monday in a statement.

“The striker suffered a grade one hamstring injury on his left thigh, as noted by the doctors at his club, and the doctors of the RFEF recommend that he does not participate in the next games against Ukraine and the Netherlands,” the statement read.

Costa limped off the field in the second half of the match, indicating an injury. While Chelsea officials were initially hopeful that it was minor, test conducted on Monday revealed that it was a gradce one hamstring tear.

This is the second time that the Spanish striker has suffered from a hamstring injury this season. Costa is said to be considering corrective surgery to deal with the hamstring problem that has been troubling him for a year. However, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, club doctor Paco Biosca has expressed his objection to an operation.

Because of the medical results, the Spanish team decided to exclude Costa from the upcoming matches against Ukraine and the Netherlands for the Euro 2016 qualifier. The Spanish FA said that he will be sent back to Chelsea to undergo treatment and recovery.

Due to Costa’s unavailability, Spanish team head Vicente de Bosque said that he has already made plans to fill in the gap that the striker would temporarily leave for the team. Bosque said that he has called on the services of 21-year old Malaga striker Juammi.

On the other hand Chelsea officials expect Costa to be back in form in time for their match against Stoke City. However, the Blues said that they have also made plans in case he is not yet ready, tapping Loic Remy and Didler Orogba.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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