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Costa & the time factor

Diego Costa

Seville: Vicente del Bosque is still not sure Diego Costa is going to recover from his hamstring injury in time to make Spain’s World Cup squad.

Costa was at the Spanish FA’s base this week for tests on the muscle tear but left without talking to reporters, and could now be regretting last week’s trip to visit a Serbian ‘miracle-worker’ which led to his false start in Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The veteran coach has said he will name his 23-man squad for the tournament on Monday at the latest, which is the Fifa deadline, and had previously intimated he would make his final decision by Friday when Spain play Bolivia in a friendly, here.

Del Bosque said in a Spanish newspaper that there was still time for Costa to recover, but again suggested he would prefer not to take risks with his selection.

“I am not sure that Costa will arrive in time... He may not make the squad. We are still worried over his fitness,” Del Bosque said. “We have time to think about it, but we are in the hands of the doctors. We must be cautious.”

Meanwhile, Andres Iniesta felt that home advantage means Brazil could be seen as favourites for the upcoming tournament.

“The reality is that Brazil have many world championships and are playing at home, so in that sense they have an advantage,” Iniesta said.

Euro 2008 match-winner and Euro 2012 Golden Boot wearer Fernando Torres agreed, but said that the experience gained during Spain’s trip to Brazil for last summer’s Confederations Cup would be a help.

“Brazil have the advantage of playing at home, which is always an important factor,” the Chelsea striker said. “We have the experience of the Confederations Cup, so we will not be surprised by the atmosphere, the climate or the pitches. But there are too many good teams to be able to name a favourite,” he signed off.

Costa was the subject of much controversy when he opted to play for Spain rather than Brazil, back in March.

He made two friendly appearances for Brazil in 2013 before making his international debut for Del Bosque’s men against Italy.