Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that key duo Diego Costa and Gary Cahill will be fit to line up against Arsenal in this weekend’s Community Shield showdown, the Daily Mail reports.
Costa was rated doubtful for the game after reportedly aggravating a hamstring injury that had dogged him over the course of the previous campaign, while Cahill was contending with a possible broken nose sustained in the 2-2 draw with Barcelona on Wednesday night.
With Costa limping off, and Cahill’s face gushing blood, both players appeared to be doubtful for the annual curtain raiser against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday.
But Mourinho has now quashed any fears that the pair will miss the clash by confirming that his squad has a clean bill of health when speaking at a press conference at the club’s Cobham training ground on Friday afternoon.
“All good,” Mourinho said. “There are no concerns, no protections (for Costa). We have three top strikers. I’m not worried. No problem.”
The game could also see former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech lining up against the side for the first time following his summer move to Arsenal.
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