Diego Costa has spent much of the last few weeks sidelined with a variety of injuries/illnesses/ancient evil curses, and Chelsea are understandably not entirely pleased about this. The centre forward, a £32 million purchase from Atlético Madrid last summer, had been on incredible form despite not being at 100 percent, but Spain ignored warnings about his fitness, played him twice in one international break, and broke him.
Losing one of the league's very best strikers might have something to do with our recent dubious form.
Anyway, it seems as though Vicente del Bosque has had enough of being told off by Jose Mourinho. Given the opportunity to further run Costa into the ground during the next international break, the Spain boss has graciously allowed him to rest instead:
Our doctors have been in contact with Chelsea's doctors and they have agreed it would be best for him to rest.
I'd say something snarky and mean here but I'm genuinely happy with this decision and thus will not be rude about del Bosque for at least three or four days. Having Costa with the team and getting up to speed during the two-week gap between the Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion games helps the club a lot. And, one suspects, by allowing Costa to recover fully and partially repairing their relationship with the club, Spain are doing themselves a favour too.
PS: Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta have been called up, though. Which you knew they would be.