Chelsea striker Diego Costa is expected to be fit to play in a mask against Newcastle on Saturday after breaking his nose in training on Thursday, according to The Telegraph.
The striker was injured in a clash of heads with 18-year-old Canadian youth-team defender Fikayo Tomori, who had been promoted to the senior squad for the remainder of the season to cover for the loss of Kurt Zouma to an ACL injury.
The Spaniard will join Gary Cahill, Nemanja Matic and Cesar Azpilicueta in sporting facial protection this season, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Petr Cech having worn masks in recent seasons.
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Costa had his custom-made mask fitted on Friday, with Guus Hiddink confident the 27-year-old will be able to feature in Saturday’s encounter with the Magpies.
“Today is the day they put on a mask. We are a team with a lot of masks. A Zorro team.
“I hope. I’m not sure, but I think he will be available.”
The Blues can’t afford to lose Costa, who has scored seven times in his last nine matches for Chelsea. Hiddink has little options upfront as Loic Remy (calf) has been out in recent weeks and Radamel Falcao (thigh) has been absent since October.
Chelsea are currently ranked 13th in the Premier League, and play in the Champions League’s last 16 first leg at Paris Saint Germain next Tuesday and Manchester City in the FA Cup next Sunday.