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Del Bosque: I hope Diego Costa is with us, but we have good alternatives if he’s not

by Tom Conn | Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Spanish national team manager, Vicente Del Bosque chose to postpone announcing his 23-man final 2014 World Cup roster until he learns more about the severity of the injury to Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa and if Costa is unfit to make the trip to Brazil, Del Bosque admitted that they have other options.


In an interview with Spanish radio station, Cadena SER’s ‘ El Larguero’ programme, Del Bosque spoke about Diego Costa’s status and what he will do if one of Europe’s top strikers is unable to make the 23-man squad due to a hamstring injury suffered against Barcelona in the final match of the season.

“He has a hamstring injury and we will monitor it’s progression to make a last-minute decision.  We have until the second to announce our list of 23 and there’s no need to rush.  Hopefully he’ll be with us, but if not, we have great alternatives.

“We’re fine with Diego Costa coming to recover at the sports city and on Friday 30th May, we’ll make our decision.  I’ve said that I’d like everyone full fit by the second, but that’s not to say you can’t make an exception.  Deulofeu has come also, In case anyone can’t.”

Del Bosque went on to add that Jesus Navas may not make the final cut after “two months without playing” and Juanfran may be cut due to injuries suffered in the Champions League final last Saturday.

“We can’t turn the corner until we get there.  Before we make the final eight, we need to make it through the group stage and our two first games against Holland and Chile are incredibly important.

“We must be cautious and prudent, but there are a lot of teams that want to be World Champions.”

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