Spain decided to include striker Diego Costa in their 2014 World Cup squad despite a grade one hamstring tear that limited him to nine minutes of action in the Champions League final against Real Madrid. In Spain’s warm up game against El Salvador Costa played for 73 minutes giving fans hope that he’d be ready for the World Cup.
“Things are going well for me,” Costa said, via Sky Sports. “People have treated me well and in the manner I hoped. I have the support of most people who understand what has gone on.
“My parents are very happy that I am here, close to them. They support my decision.
“I needed the match with El Salvador. Now I am fine and I will have no problems for the first match.”
Spain’s first game comes early in the tournament when they play Netherlands on Friday. The reception that Costa referenced is that of the Brazilian people. He spurned the opportunity to play for the Brazilian national side and instead opted to play for Spain instead.
Not two bad countries to have to decide between but there is a little bit less competition up front on the Spain roster than there is on the Brazilian team.
Nevertheless it will be interesting to see what role Costa is used in, starting and being subbed off like in the El Salvador game and Fernando Torres coming on or the reversal?
Spain is expected to advance from their group so they might be cautious with him until the knock out rounds begin later in June.