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Chelsea star suffers injury relapse; Euro 2016 hopes in jeopardy but ex-Blues flop could take advantage

According to reports in Spain, Diego Costa has emerged as a major doubt for this summer’s European Champions after suffering a relapse of his hamstring injury.

AS report that the Chelsea striker has been laid low with a recurring problem to his hamstring tendon, which threatens to rule him out of the La Roja selection for this summer’s Euro 2016 showpiece.

The source notes that should Costa miss out, the door could open for Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres to retake his spot in the national team, having fallen in and out of selection in recent months.

Vicente del Bosque will announce a list of players on Tuesday, but will overlook the players still involved in domestic cup competitions and the Europa League or Champions League final beyond the season’s end.

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They play Bosnia and South Korea in pre-tournament friendlies on May 29 and June 1, although it remains to be seen whether del Bosque will look to give Costa time enough to recover from his fitness concerns to make the squad, or whether he will turn to Torres immediately.

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The latter is one of the players who won’t join up with the national team until after May 28, when he will represent Atletico Madrid in the Champions League against Real Madrid.

AS note that Santi Cazorla and Pedro are also doubts for the summer tournament, which could leave La Roja seriously depleted.

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