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Diego Costa in serious danger of missing out on World Cup

Logotipo de AS AS 19/05/2014 Joaquín Maroto

Diego Costa is in serious danger of not going to the World Cup. The exact extent of the Atlético Madrid forward’s injury is to be ascertained on Monday, but there is pessimism at the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). There are 14 days to go until the Spain squad travels to its pre-tournament camp in the United States, and a further 10 until the world champions open their defence of the trophy against Holland. If the 25-year-old’s scan reveals a hamstring tear, he is highly unlikely to recover in time.

The La Roja coaching team remains cautious: “We have to wait for the report from the medical staff, but it doesn’t look good. The problem is more serious because it’s a recurrence of an injury in an area that had already been damaged. We have to wait, but we also have to have an alternative plan.”

Costa tore his hamstring in Atlético’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at Barcelona at the beginning of April. On Saturday, again at the Camp Nou, he suffered another pull in the same area with a quarter of an hour played. Having pushed hard to play in the Liga BBVA title decider, the decision could cost him his place at the World Cup. Vicente del Bosque does not want to take any players who are not fit to play the first group game on 13 June, leading the Spain coach to include four other forwards in his 30-man provisional group: Fernando Torres, David Villa, Álvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente.

Diego Costa is substituted against Barcelona on Saturday. © AFP Diego Costa is substituted against Barcelona on Saturday.

Del Bosque has never been fully certain that he will have the Brazil-born Spaniard at his disposal for this summer’s tournament, and has suspected that his extreme exertions for his club – which have brought him a championship medal – could return to haunt him. In the coming hours, it will be revealed whether or not this is the case.

He will miss the Champions League final in Lisbon

Once the medical team has delivered its verdict on Diego Costa’s injury, Spain’s coaching staff will make a decision on taking him to the World Cup or not. What they currently know is that, as has been confirmed by sources at Atlético, he is out of Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid. Regardless of the player’s desire to go to Brazil 2014, he will only be in the squad if doctors agree that he will be available for the start of the tournament.

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