AS reported on Thursday that the international hitman had emerged as a major doubt for Euro 2016 after being laid low with a recurring hamstring problem.
The Spanish report states that Costa is a doubt for Vicente del Bosque’s squad for the summer showpiece and, in his absence, Atletico Madrid hitman and Chelsea flop Fernando Torres could step back into the side and profit from the tenacious Blues frontman’s injury.
Spain are set for pre-tournament friendlies on May 29 and June 1, against Bosnia-Herzegovina and South Korea, although at this late stage, it would surely represent a risk to take Costa should indeed del Bosque pursue with the former Atleti attacker.
Even if he is fit, it remains to be seen whether Costa could be the effective frontman La Roja need to retain their continental title in France this summer, having endured a mixed season with Chelsea, managing just 12 league goals.
Despite the various concerns hanging over the player, Fabregas has insisted that he’d definitely take Costa to France.
“Of course,” the midfielder told Marca, when asked about whether he’d take the 27-year-old. “He’s a great teammate and he’s always shown it for the national side.
“It’s true that he’s not been as much among the goals, but he’s been playing tough games against tough teams.”