Chelsea star Diego Costa’s adventure with the Spanish national team has so far proven to be a disaster as boss Vicente del Bosque laments yet another injury setback.
Despite a great start to life at Stamford Bridge, the 25-year-old's international nightmare seems to have continued as another injury has ruled him out of the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifying match against Macedonia.
His international boss, Del Bosque, has lamented the striker’s current situation as he told Spanish publication AS of the former Atletico Madrid star’s desire to represent the 2010 world champions.
"It hasn’t been easy with Diego," he said. "All his teammates are trying to help him. He’s a great guy and has always shown interest in playing for Spain.
“When there were doubts surrounding his fitness, he was the first wanting to join the squad. Now he’s in great form but I wouldn’t suggest that he’s feeling pressure from his club."
The Brazilian-born striker caused controversy last season as he opted to represent Spain instead of trying to win a place in the Brazil national team.
Whilst receiving the backing from his adoring Atletico supporters, his choice was not greeted with such affection elsewhere in Spain as he received a torrent of abuse during a La Liga clash at the Mestalla stadium from a section of the Valencia support.
Nevertheless, the Blues’ £32 million summer acquisition proceeded to represent La Roja, making his international debut in a 1-0 victory over Italy in February.
That game at Atletico's Vicente Calderon stadium, however, has so far proved to be Costa's international highlight as his battle with injuries has affected his performances - no more so than during a dismal World Cup campaign for Spain.