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Mourinho: Spain should treat Costa with "special care"

Mourinho: Spain should treat Costa with "special care"

PETER POWELL

EFE

Chelsea manager expresses concern over probable call-up for striker, who has missed the club's last four matches.

Chelsea coach José Mourinho has asked the Spanish Football Federation to take "special care" with striker Diego Costa, who has been plagued by muscle problems and a virus in recent weeks.

Asked in a press conference ahead of this weekend's match between Chelsea and QPR if Costa was fit to play for Spain in November, Mourinho said it was not his place to tell the Spanish Federation what it should and shouldn't do. "It's not my call, it's not my decision. I am nobody to stand in the way and I can't stop him from going," the Portuguese coach, who has been without Costa for Chelsea's past four matches, said.

Two weeks ago, Mourinho complained that Costa has returned from international duty with niggling hamstring injuries that have prevented him from playing. "Once again, it is necessary they treat him with special care, which is what we are doing. It's the only thing we can do, nothing else." Mourinho has not yet ruled Costa out of the match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

"I'm always supportive of players playing for their countries when they are fit to do so and when the players in the national team follow the same procedures to recover from the problems they have."

The Spanish Federation's doctor, Juan José García Cota, on Friday denied Costa had reported for international duty carrying a hamstring problem. The forward had mentioned a "minor groin problem," García said, but that it was "nothing important and he had probably played for Chelsea with it. It didn't stop him doing exercises and he didn't ask for any treatment. I wouldn't even say it was an injury or a problem. It was a very minor problem that is very common in every professional footballer."

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque will announce his squad next week for a European qualifier against Belarus on November 15 and a friendly against Germany three days later.

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