Julen Lopetegui has denied claims Chelsea lobbied for the withdrawal of Diego Costa from Spain’s international squad, over fears his injury troubles could be worsened. La Roja’s manager said it was his own decision to withdraw the Brazil-born forward from the squad, after his groin recovery failed to evolve as originally expected.
Costa played the full 90 minutes during Chelsea’s victory over Everton last weekend, scoring his ninth goal in 11 games to further cement his spot as the Premier League top scorer.
But reports in Spain on Tuesday revealed that Costa arrived to the national camp with groin bruise from that game, along with a medical report from Chelsea in which Blues doctors warned Lopetegui about the tiredness of the striker.
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