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Chelsea man­ager Jose Mour­inho has said striker Diego Costa will start against Liver­pool in the Premier League at An­field on Satur­day de­spite be­ing left out of the Spain squad for this month’s in­ter­na­tional matches be­cause of per­sis­tent in­juries.

On Fri­day, Costa, who has scored nine Premier League goals this sea­son, was not se­lected in Spain’s squad for their matches against Be­larus and World Cup win­ners Ger­many be­cause of a pelvic in­jury.

Mour­inho had been crit­i­cal of Spain coach Vincent del Bosque’s decision to call Costa into his squad for last month’s games against Slo­vakia and Lux­em­bourg be­cause the Brazil­ian-born striker missed Chelsea’s next four matches as a re­sult.

But speak­ing at a news con­fer­ence on Fri­day, the Por­tuguese coach wel­comed Spain’s decision to omit the pow­er­ful striker. “We think he is ready to start the match to­mor­row,” Mour­inho said. “In the 15 days (in­ter­na­tional break) he can rest and work. It is fan­tas­tic news for us. I thank the Spain FA for the decision that they made.

Del Bosque also con­firmed that giv­ing Costa a rest would be ben­e­fi­cial for both club and coun­try at this time.

“I have spo­ken to our doc­tors and those of Chelsea and I have de­cided to leave him out due to the sit­u­a­tion with his pu­bis (pelvis),” he told a news con­fer­ence.

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