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Mourinho resigned to losing Costa for Spain duty

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists he is powerless to stop Diego Costa joining up with Spain for the forthcoming internationals.

The striker is only just returning to fitness following a hamstring injury exacerbated during the last international window.

Costa, who has scored nine goals in seven Premier League appearances, has missed the Blues' matches with Crystal Palace, Maribor, Manchester United and Shrewsbury after playing almost every minute for Spain against Slovakia and Luxembourg in the October internationals.

Spain will next week name their squad for the Euro 2016 qualifying match with Belarus on November 15 and Germany, their successors as world champions, in a friendly three days later.

Asked whether Costa would be part of the Spain contingent, Mourinho said: "That's not my call, that's not my decision.

"I'm nobody to stand in the way. I cannot stop him from going."

Costa could play against QPR today at Stamford Bridge in what would be his first Chelsea appearance since the October 5 defeat of Arsenal

Mourinho, perhaps in a statement directed towards Spain boss Vicente del Bosque, is adamant the £32million signing from Atletico Madrid will be handled with care.

Mourinho added: "Again he needs to be under special care and we are going to do that. It's the only thing we can do. I'm always supportive of players playing for their countries when the players are in condition to do it and when the players in the national team follow the same kind of procedures to recover from the problems they have."

Costa's absence has been particularly galling for Mourinho as striker Loic Remy suffered a groin injury in the defeat of Maribor, who Chelsea play in Champions League Group G next Wednesday.

The saving grace has been the form of 36-year-old Didier Drogba, who has scored in three successive matches against Maribor, Manchester United and Shrewsbury. "To be important you don't need at the age of 36 to play 90 minutes of 50 matches. "To be important you need to be there when the team needs you to be there. He was fantastic for us in the last week when we were in real trouble, without Diego and without Remy."


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