Diego Costa is unable to play three games in a week, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed, according to Sky
Mourinho left Costa out of the starting XI for the Blues’ Champions League game against Schalke, Didier Drogba starting in place of the Spain international. The match ended in a 1-1 draw with Costa and Loic Remy both brought on as Chelsea chased the victory.
The manager pointed the finger at the Spain camp for the cause of Costa’s injury, insisting that it isn’t a holdover from the injury that forced Costa out of the Champions League final at the end of last season, when he started for Atletico Madrid but had to be withdrawn early.
“Costa has a problem,” Mourinho said. “He came to us (from Atletico) and he was completely fine. He had a problem again in the national team, not with us. If he has one week to let the muscle recover he can start a game. Playing on Saturday, three days is not enough for him to recover.
“He was not in condition to play,” the Portuguese continued. “Sunday we believe he is. Next week against Bolton (in the Capital One Cup), for sure he isn’t. We have to manage the situation until the moment he’s completely fine.”
Costa claimed seven goals in his first four Chelsea games, all in the Premier League, including two against Everton in Chelsea’s 6-3 win at Goodison Park and a hat-trick as Chelsea beat Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.
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