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Spain confirm Diego Costa hamstring injury, withdraw striker from national team duty

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Diego Costa has an injured hamstring for about the 17th time in the last 17 months.  Which sounds fairly impressive, though he does have two legs of three hamstring muscles each, so there's plenty of opportunity to spread the injury load out.  And I'm also exaggerating.  But he may be running out of healthy hamstring muscles after injuring the left femoral biceps against Hull City.

The strikers suffers a level 1 hamstring tear on the biceps femoris of the left thigh, which was previously already noted by the medical services of his club, whereby the Medical staff at the RFEF recommend him not to take part in the National Team's next matches against Ukraine and the Netherlands. Diego Costa will return to Chelsea FC where he will undergo the corresponding medical treatment.

-source: SEfutbol

Not for the first time, Spain didn't quite believe Chelsea's injury assessment and insisted on doing their own tests.  Just like the previous time they did this, they arrived at the same exact diagnosis.  So can we go ahead and trust each other from now on?  I thought we put all this nonsense behind us in November?!  But I digress.

So it's a left hamstring injury, the left biceps femoris to be specific.  This is different than the one that limited Diego to 16 minutes in last year's Champions League final (right biceps femoris).  In fact, most of his issues last season were with the right hamstring.  This season, he's switched over to the left side, causing him to miss time in early September and mid-October as well.  There were some rumors even that he might need surgery at some point, though most likely any such action would be delayed until the off-season.

For now, he's got two weeks to recover.  Remy might be an excellent backup and while I think we'd probably be fine with him leading the line, too, I'd much rather have (a healthy, as much as possible) Diego up there until we clinch the Premier League title.

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