Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 11:48 25/05/2014
Spain's Diego Costa has emerged as a doubt for their opening game at the World Cup after aggrevating a hamstring injury in the opening stages of the UEFA Champions League final.
Costa had sustained the injury only 7 days prior to last night's showpiece in Lisbon when he was subbed off in Atletico Madrid's La Liga decider with Barcelona. The Brazil-born striker was clearly in discomfort last night and Atletico coach Diego Simeone was forced to make an early change.
Speaking of Costa's chances of being fit for Spain's first match at the World Cup, Simeone was unsure how bad the injury to his star striker is "I don't know if he'll have a problem, We'll have to talk to him and the doctors and see."
Current World Cup holders Spain get their tournament underway on Friday June 13th in Salvador against Netherlands, the team they beat in the 2010 final.
Diego Costa was capped by Brazil in two friendlies, but due to him holding a Spanish passport he decided to switch allegiances and made his Spain debut in February. The Red Fury have plenty of alternatives in attack, but will surely be hoping to have a player who hit 36 goals this season for Atletico Madrid fit and available for selection.
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