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Costa stays optimistic

Barcelona: Striker Diego Costa is hopeful of playing some part in Spain’s friendly against El Salvador next weekend as he battles to be fit in time for the World Cup.

The Atletico Madrid player has been struggling with various muscle problems for the past two months.

Despite concerns over his fitness he was included in coach Vicente del Bosque’s 23-man squad on Saturday.

“I hope to have some minutes next week against El Salvador in Washington,” Costa said.

“I’m doing great. I have been working with the physios and fitness coaches over the last few days and I feel really good. I am recovering well. I will start training with the team soon and I think I will be completely fit for the World Cup.”