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Diego Costa pulls out of Spain squad with hamstring injury

Diego Costa celebrates after scoring for Chelsea in the Premier League. Credit: PA

Chelsea's new striker Diego Costa has picked up a hamstring injury and had to pull out of the Spanish squad ahead their game on Monday. Costa, who has scored four goals in three Premier League games since he joined the Blues, has had problems with his hamstrings this year. In May, he was substituted in the Champions League Final after getting injured.

The Spanish Football Federation said that he had injured the hamstring in his left thigh and they would be sending images of the injury to Chelsea. The Blues' next game is on September 13th against Swansea.


Non-league fans say support your local club

Non-league clubs are hoping to attract a few extra fans tomorrow. Credit: PA

Non-league football clubs around the country are hoping to get bumper crowds tomorrow as they celebrate Non-League Day. The event was set up to highlight the work that volunteers do to keep non-league football clubs running.

As there are no Premier League and Championship games tomorrow because of the international break, non-league clubs are hoping to tempt fans from the bigger clubs to watch them instead.

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Supporters pay off fine for fan who took free kick

Football fans have come together to pay off the fine for a fellow supporter who admitted running onto the pitch and taking a free during a Premier League match between West Ham and Tottenham.

Jordan Dunn's actions were cheered by parts of the crowd at Upton Park. Credit: PA

Jordan Dunn, 22, forced West Ham goalkeeper Adrian into making a save after acting on an impulse when he invaded the pitch at Upton Park on August 16th.

He he apologised yesterday for a "moment of madness" as he pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 4 of the Football Offences Act 1991.

He was ordered by the judge to pay a total of £305 but spared a ban from attending future matches.

Today an online appeal titled "Jordan Dunn FineRaiser" reached that amount after attracting 37 donations.


Cesar Azpilicueta extends his stay with Chelsea

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has signed a new five-year contract to extend his time with the club.

The 25-year-old Spaniard moved to Stamford Bridge in 2012 and has played a big part in a strong start to the season as left-back.

He made his senior international debut for Spain against Qatar in February last year. Credit: PA

Azpilicueta joined the Blues from Marseille in August 2012 and has made 95 appearances for the club, winning the Players' Player of the Year award last season.

He made his senior international debut for Spain against Qatar in February last year, and was part of this summer's World Cup squad.

Watford appoint Oscar Garcia as new head coach

Watford have appointed Oscar Garcia as their new head coach following the resignation of Beppe Sannino.

Oscar Garcia has been appointed as the new Watford manager. Credit: PA Wire

Garcia, who took Brighton into the play-offs last season, will take over with the club second in the Championship.

Watford said they had beaten off competition from "several high-profile English clubs" to secure Garcia's services.

Sannino, who only took over in December, stepped down after Saturday's 4-2 win over Huddersfield, saying he had "gone as far as I can" in the role.

Gunners sign Welbeck

Danny Welbeck on duty with England Credit: Reuters

Arsenal have announced the signing of England international forward Danny Welbeck from Barclays Premier League rivals Manchester United for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old, who is currently with Roy Hodgson's national squad ahead of fixtures against Norway and Switzerland, has signed a long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium to become Arsene Wenger's fifth summer signing - with the deal announced almost two hours after the initial transfer deadline had passed.

He leaves United after coming through the ranks at Old Trafford - developing his craft with loan spells at Preston and Sunderland - but new Red Devils' boss Louis van Gaal has allowed the player to leave in search of regular first-team football.

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