Jose Mourinho: Talisman Could Feature Against Stoke City
Chelsea forward Diego Costa is all set to take part in a clash against the Potter’s.
A hamstring injury against Hull City in Chelsea’s previous Premier League game saw him miss the international fixtures for Spain. However, the dynamic forward, who has scored 19 goals this season, is declared fit to take part in the Stoke City game.
However, Jose Mourinho remains coy about Costa being included in the starting eleven. He said:
“Diego trained yesterday and today with the group and he is not injured. I don’t know if I start with him or not because after a muscular injury and then just two days with the group, I need to analyse the situation with him and make a decision. “
Mourinho confirmed that his medical team had done well to bring him back to fitness and also ruled out a possible surgery in the near future. He said:
“His injury was the same as before, hamstring, and he dedicated himself to that with no days off for him or the medical department, working morning and afternoon. We did all the tests and scans to confirm the situation two days ago and at the moment the muscle is fine, but football is more than that, you need confidence, you need to believe you are free to express yourself at the maximum intensity and that is our doubt at the moment. Let’s see in the next 24 hours.”
Diego Costa’s tenacity will be missed if he doesn’t start against Stoke and with just 9 games in the season left for The Blues, Costa’s presence is of utmost priority. Costa, should he start, would like to add to his tally of goals as he would aim to claim his first ever premier league golden boot and help Chelsea win the League.
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt