Real Madrid defender Ramos has made some pointed comments about players playing through injury…
Spain captain Sergio Ramos has spoken out about Chelsea’s injured duo Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.
In a press conference ahead of Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus, the defender questioned the severity of the injuries sustained by the pair and suggested that they had exaggerated them to avoid having to play for their country.
“It is difficult because this is not a club team,” Ramos is quoted as saying by ESPN.
“Above all I would like the players to show the same commitment to the national team as they do to their club… there are times I have played despite having some niggles. It depends on the DNA of the player.”
Costa’s injury problems are well known, and he has been rested repeatedly by his club manager Jose Mourinho this season.
Mourinho revealed Fabregas’s hamstring problem in the wake of the Blues’ win over Liverpool. The midfielder went for tests with his national team, which revealed that the injury was not as bad as first feared, but was still sent home.
The pair played in Spain’s last set of international fixtures, despite Mourinho’s best efforts. The manager insisted that Costa was not in a condition to play so many games in a short period, and sure enough the striker missed four Chelsea matches following the international break. He has only been able to start the West Londoners’ last two games.