Chelsea’s Diego Costa could well face Manchester united after it was thought he would miss the clash, but only if he is able to prove he is ready in training on Saturday, the BBC
Costa has been struggling with a hamstring injury since the end of last season and he has missed the last two games before it also emerged he spent a night in hospital this week with some form of virus.
The 26-year-old Spaniard has been recovering at home and could still feature on Sunday – but manager Jose Mourinho insists only if he is ready.
The Portuguese boss said: “I want to play Diego if he is ready.
“He has to show on Saturday in training that he’s capable of playing. If he’s ready to play, he plays.
“He has to train without any limitations, to make a complete training session with the other guys, without any kind of protection.”
Costa has been in lethal form since arriving at Chelsea in a £32m deal from Atletico Madrid, and despite disruption with injury has netted nine goals from his seven Premier League appearances so far.
Loic Remy has been deputising in his absence but he was injured in scoring the Blues opener against Maribor in midweek.
He has definitely been ruled out of the weekend and Mourinho will be hoping Costa is fit enough to play – veteran striker Didier Drogba played 75 minutes after Remy’s injury and there are worries whether he could last 90 in such a short space of time.
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