Chelsea news: Diego Costa pulls out of Spain squad with groin injury

The 28-year-old had sat out of training sessions with his national side after feeling discomfort in his groin

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Diego Costa has withdrawn from Spain’s squad for upcoming internationals against Macedonia and England with a groin injury.

The Chelsea striker missed two full training sessions with his national side after feeling some discomfort when reporting for duty earlier this week.

Iago Aspas, the former Liverpool striker, has replaced Costa in Julen Lopetegui’s 25-man squad.

After a disappointing campaign last season, Costa has rediscovered his form since Antonio Conte's appointment at Chelsea.

The 28-year-old striker currently leads the Premier League’s scoring charts with nine goals in 11 appearances.

After five consecutive league victories, Chelsea's title challenge is now fully up and running and Conte will be keen to have Costa available for a number of key fixtures over the next month.

The west Londoners travel to Middlesbrough after the international break, before back-to-back matches against a fellow title contender.

Tottenham Hotspur visit Stamford Bridge on 26 November, before Conte's side travel to face Manchester City on 3 December.