Report: Valencia ace to replace injured Chelsea striker for Spanish friendlies

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Valencia's Paco Alcácer looks set to be named as the replacement for Chelsea's injured striker Diego Costa for Spain's upcoming friendlies.

Valencia’s Paco Alcácer looks set to be named as the replacement for Chelsea's Diego Costa for Spain's upcoming friendlies after the Brazilian-born striker injured his hamstring in the win over Hull City.

Diego Costa seems an almost unbreakable player on the pitch, but his one weakness has been his left hamstring, an injury that almost kept him out of the biggest games of his career and has had Chelsea fans on pins and needles every time he missteps.

Costa's hamstring flared up yet again in Chelsea's 3-2 victory over Hull City on Sunday afternoon and could keep the former Atletico Madrid star out of Spain's upcoming friendlies over the next week.

The 26-year-old could fly to Madrid to join the Spanish national team medical staff and undergo a scan on the injured hamstring to determine the extent of the injury, or the medics could release him by phone as they did last time.

As of last night, Spanish national team manager Vicente Del Bosque had not learned of the extent of Costa's injury and was unsure if the 19-goal striker would even need to join up with the squad.

He said, as reported by AS: "I don't know if it'll be necessary for the player to come see the national team's medical staff or not."

In the likely event that Costa is sent back to Chelsea for his recovery, Valencia's Paco Alcacer is expected to get the call-up to replace him, despite the 21-year-old not being in as good a form as fan favourite, Rayo Vallecano's Alberto Bueno.

In addition to Alcacer and Bueno, veteran players like Fernando Torres and Alvaro Negredo have had better luck finding the goal since their respective returns from England to Spain and could be back in Del Bosque's good graces by this summer.

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