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Spain wait on fitness of Chelsea's Costa

Costa's hamstring has been causing him problems. Credit: Reuters

Diego Costa will undergo tests in London on Monday to assess whether he can remain in the Spain squad for the upcoming internationals against Ukraine and Holland.

Costa limped off with a hamstring injury in the second half of Chelsea's 3-2 win at Hull on Sunday, sparking fears he may withdraw from international duty.

The Spanish federation (RFEF) said in a statement: "Costa will undergo tests on Monday in London and the results will be available to Spain's medical staff for their evaluation."

The Brazil-born forward missed games against Belarus and Germany because of a hamstring problem back in November.

Malaga striker Juanmi has been added to the group, meanwhile.

Juanmi, who has scored seven goals in 24 games for Malaga this season, has won the European Championship twice with Spain's under-19 team but is yet to be capped at senior level.

Mourinho 'owes Remy game time' at Chelsea

Remy celebrates his winner. Credit: Reuters

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he owes match-winner Loic Remy more game time with Diego Costa's latest hamstring problem possibly providing an opening.

The striker has started just three Barclays Premier League matches since his summer switch from QPR but stepped off the bench to score the winner in Sunday's 3-2 victory at Hull.

Remy was only on the pitch as a result of Costa's latest injury breakdown, but converted less than two minutes later to restore the Blues' six-point lead at the top of the table.

"Probably he deserves more than what I give him," Mourinho said.

"Sometimes, not many times, a coach can feel he owes something to a player. With Remy that is the case, I think I owe him something.

"Every time he plays he gives us a lot. I'm so happy for him because he deserves it. He never complains."

Photos: Chelsea pegged back at Hull

League leaders Chelsea threw away their two goal lead. Credit: PA
Mourinho looked frustrated in the dugout. Credit: PA

Chelsea appeared to be on their way to a comfortable win when Eden Hazard and Diego Costa put them 2-0 up at Hull inside ten minutes, but the league leaders were pegged back when the home side hit twice in two minutes through Ahmed Elmohamady and Abel Hernandez.


Hull v Chelsea starting line-ups

Man City skipper claims Chelsea can still be caught

Vincent Kompany insists that Manchester City are still in the title hunt for the Premier League title after their convincing 3-0 win over 10-man West Brom at the Etihad.

City eased to victory over West Brom. Credit: PA

There was controversy in the first minute as Gareth McAuley was mistakenly sent off by referee Neil Swarbrick for a foul committed by Craig Dawson, before Wilfried Bony opened his City account with a powerful finish.

Fernando and David Silva completed the scoring in the one-way tie that saw City close the gap between themselves and Chelsea to three points, and Kompany thinks his side can keep up the pressure on the leaders, who have two games in hand.

There was nothing to win today for us, we just had to do a good job and we didn't fail. We will take confidence out of this game.We just focus on ourselves now.

I think we've won nine or 10 on the spin already this season, of course we can do it but that gives us no guarantees that we will win the title.

– Vincent Kompany speaking to BT Sport

Chelsea boss attacks two Liverpool legends

Jose Mourinho was highly critical of Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness following their critique of Chelsea's Champions League demise.

The Portuguese manager reminded the two of their own failings, and pointed out he is on course to win two trophies this season.

Jamie Carragher was critical of Chelsea. Credit: PA

“Jamie [Carragher] stopped playing a couple of years ago and, in two years, he forget everything he did on the pitch.

"Mr Souness also, but he stopped playing a long times ago. I coached Benfica [where Souness also coached], I know a lot about him. So much about him. "But I have a certain kind of education, not just in football but in life, and I prefer to laugh. Envy is the biggest tribute that the shadows do to the man. It's about life.”

Mourinho joked about Carragher and Souness' past: "The world is a bit strange. Maybe because of diet and maybe the quality of the products we are eating, memories are getting shorter. Because, you know, when Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness speak about it, it's because they are having a problem for sure.”

Chelsea boss forgets about European demise

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has put his Champions League disappointment behind him, as he focuses on winning the Premier League.

Mourinho's side were eliminated from European competition by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, but the Portuguese manager is only looking forward.

Jose Mourinho won't be winking anytime soon. Credit: PA

"We have 11 matches to play in the Premier League. We want to be champions, to win the Premier League, but also to be back in the Champions League, to be head of group," said Mourinho.

"We cannot promise that win every game, we cannot promise that we win the Premier League, but we are optimistic.

"You have to be optimistic to succeed. Be optimistic. Believe in yourself."

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