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Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois pick up injuries on international duty

International breaks are the worst.

Spain v Israel - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Based on the information available so far, neither of these two injuries sound too significant ... but at the same time they’re also not nothing. International breaks are the worst.

First, we have a tweet from the Belgium national football team saying that Thibaut Courtois will miss their match against Russia on Tuesday due to some sort of a hip injury.

The move sounds largely precautionary, as according to HLN journalist Kristof Terreur, it’s just a “minor hip problem” and the goalkeeper will be available for next weekend’s Chelsea match against Crystal Palace.

Slightly more concerning is Diego Costa’s ankle, which he injured in training with the Spain national football team on Tuesday.

While the tests came back with no significant damage to the striker’s “foot and ankle”, just the fact that he had to go get scans on them is concerning. Costa has apparently remained with the team after they informed Chelsea of the player’s situations. Still, hopefully he’s not forced into action on Tuesday in the friendly against France.

International breaks are the worst.

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