Jose Mourinho dropped a huge hint that Diego Costa could return sooner than expected as he believes the Spanish international will be included in next weekend’s squad to face Arsenal, the Daily Mail reports.
Costa picked up a hamstring injury during the 2-1 home victory over Stoke on April 4th, and he was expected to be on the sidelines for the next month, though it now appears that his recovery is going better than the Blues could have hoped for.
The 19-goal hit man is due back in training early next week and Mourinho will keep a close watch on his progress to see how much of a part he will play against the resurgent Gunners.
“Diego is progressing very well, I think he has a chance for next weekend,” Mourinho said.
“Our target for him was to play the last four matches. Arsenal is the sixth from the end, so if he doesn’t play against Arsenal or Leicester, it is not a problem because we were always focusing on the last four.
“But thing are going so well he has a chance [of facing Arsenal]. He’s training, he starts training with the rest of the squad next week.”
Mourinho also had good injury news ahead of this weekend’s match with Manchester United by claiming that second choice striker Loic Remy had recovered from a calf problem and would likely feature at some point against the Red Devils.