MADRID (AP) — A doctor treating Diego Costa for a hamstring injury said the striker has a muscle tear that needs to be reassessed in 15 days, raising doubts about his chances of making Spain's World Cup squad.
Pedro Guillen of the Cemtro clinic told the Cadena Cope radio station on Tuesday that the 25-year-old Brazil-born player had a "grade one tear to the femoral biceps of his right leg," and would need 15 days convalescence before his injury could be re-evaluated.
"Costa is still carrying the injury, a micro-tear," said Guillen, who examined the forward.
Spain's opener in Brazil is June 13 against the Netherlands. The injury rules Costa out of Spain's pre-World Cup friendly matches against Bolivia and El Salvador.
Coach Vicente del Bosque said Sunday the players in his 23-man squad would need to be fit by June 2 — the FIFA deadline for squad lists.
Speaking at the Spain squad training ground Tuesday, striker Fernando Torres said muscle injuries like Costa's were tricky because they can take weeks to heal.
"Costa has to see if he is fit," said Torres, adding that the medical team would also have to assess the rate of his recovery to see "if he can make it in optimum condition."