Diego Costa, who has once again been scapegoated by the Spanish press for the torried form of the national team, has been forced to withdraw from his country's upcoming European Championship qualifying encounter with Macedonia on Monday, September 8 as he has suffered injury.
The official website of FIFA reported that it is a repetition of the hamstring injury that has caused minor problems recently - and as far back as the last four months.
Spain have been in contact with Chelsea over the issue as a statement read: "Diego Costa is not available for selection because of an injury to the hamstring muscle in his left thigh.
"All imaging tests will be sent to Chelsea."
The Blues forward played 67 minutes of the 1-0 loss to France in Paris earlier this week but was ineffective, much like most of the Spanish team.
MARCA claimed the player, who has been prolific at Chelsea, "embodies Spain's shooting pains", that he is a "different beast" when he plays in blue rather than red, that there is no "cutting edge" and has "drawn yet another blank."
Such criticism is not new, as Costa was subject to similar criticism throughout the World Cup. He recognised this when he said: "Our game is to have the ball a lot, have a lot of possession. I am [aware] that I have to adapt to them.
"Things are going very well for me at Chelsea and that encourages me to keep improving."
It's certainly an honourable thing to say, but really - when you have a proven match-winning, old-school, win-at-all-costs streetfighter of a striker who can effectively guarantee a goal on almost a per match basis - shouldn't it be a case of tailoring tactics to get the best out of Costa, rather than vice versa?
Not all of the national press has been vitriolic, as the French media - L'Equipe - personally thanked Loic Remy.
The rivalry with Barcelona may be a thing of the past for manager Jose Mourinho as the Chelsea boss has expressed his admiration for current Nou Camp coach Luis Enrique.
And finally, a move to Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain did not transpire for touch-happy pass-master Marco Verratti earlier this summer, according to the player's agent, which has put a hat-trick of Premier League clubs - Chelsea included - on "red alert."