Chelsea’s Diego Costa could start against Manchester United this afternoon

According to the Independent, Chelsea striker Diego Costa could start in attack against Manchester United this afternoon.

“I don’t protect (a player) before a Manchester United game unless he cannot play. If there’s a chance to play, then Old Trafford is not a place to protect players. It’s a place to put players out who want to play and are ready to play. If he’s ready to play, he plays,” said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Diego Costa, who has missed Chelsea’s last two games against Crystal Palace and NK Maribor with injury, was hospitalised this week with a stomach virus. The Brazilian-born Spanish international has been in a rich vein of scoring form since his move from Atletico Madrid, scoring nine goals from seven Premier League games.

Chelsea are top of the table, with seven wins and a draw from eight matches. They are favourites to win against Manchester United this afternoon, and if Diego Costa starts, the Blues will fancy their chances even more.

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