Chelsea's Diego Costa left out of Spain squad

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been left out of the Spain national side.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been left out of the Spain squad for their internationals against Belarus and Germany next week.

Costa has been struggling with hamstring and pelvis injuries for much of the season, and returned from the last international break both injured and with illness - meaning he missed four games following the break.

Since signing from Atletico Madrid, the forward has been in terrific form, scoring nine goals in 11 appearances for his club, but has been rested several times by Mourinho in order to keep him in peak physical condition.

Spain manager Vincente Del Bosque told a news conference: "I have spoken to our doctors and those of Chelsea and I have decided to leave him out due to the situation with his pelvis."

The news may well please Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who told reporters last week that the 26-year-old 'needs to be under special care' after his latest return to fitness, but did say he couldn't stop him going away with the national side.

He said: "Now he is again available but he needs to be under special care.

"I'm always supportive of players playing for their countries when they are in the condition to do so. But I'm nobody to stand in the way of the national team, I can't stop him going away with his country."

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