Warning: Players pretending to be doctors ahead!
The fitness of Diego Costa has been a complete mystery to everyone. Literally. Not even the player himself knows if he’s fit or not.
Jose Mourinho has discussed at incredible length the last few weeks about his star striker’s inability to play on a consistent basis due to a hamstring issue, but we’ve not seen it affect his ability to play at all.
The 25-year-old scored Sunday against Arsenal, bagging his ninth goal of the season in just seven matches to lead the Premier League. Still, the Chelsea manager insisted his player is struggling to get himself fully fit, and begged Spain not to play him this international break.
But then, there was Costa, playing twice in six days for his club, logging 261 minutes over nine days. So is he fit? Who knows. But if Costa does play for Spain, it will only happen if he’s 100%.
“If I’m here and I’m injured then I don’t play because it would be worse,” Costa told Marca.
The Brazilian-born striker was insistent that nobody tells him if he can or can’t play.
“One has to take into account that many times I am the one that makes the decision depending on how I feel,” Costa said. “Here I have the confidence of the coach, the technical team, and if there is a problem I tell them.
However, like Mourinho, Costa continues to insist that he’s still looking to get over some injury issues.
“I’ve already played three games in a week and the coach [Del Bosque] knows that I carry some problems but I will treat them during the week.”
So who knows what Costa’s health truly is. It’s entirely possible the entire thing could just be a continuous smokescreen to keep teams off balance.
Spain takes on Slovakia and Luxembourg in Euro 2016 qualification this coming weekend, with matches on Thursday and Sunday.