Jose Mourinho has revealed that Diego Costa could miss the rest of Chelsea’s season if they manage to wrap up the title this weekend against Crystal Palace.
Costa has been out of action for around four weeks and will not feature when the Eagles visit Stamford Bridge this weekend where a win will secure a fire Premier League in five years for the Blues.
The Spanish international has suffered with continued hamstring troubles this campaign, which have forced Chelsea to put him in a specialised programme to try and solve his lingering issues.
Mourinho now says Costa’s involvement for the rest of the season depends on the result of Saturday’s game.
If Chelsea get three points and the title is won he will miss the Liverpool game the week after, but if the Blues go into the game against Brendan Rodgers’ side next week still needing something from the tie to win the Premier League, Jose Mourinho suggests he’d risk Costa.
“He is out. He is not worth the risk. We do not need to rush. We try to give him maximum stability to be stronger. [Loic] Remy is definitely back,” said Jose Mourinho in his pre-Crystal Palace press conference according to the Daily Mail.
“There’s a chance he [Costa] might not play again. If we win on Sunday I would say he doesn’t play against Liverpool [on May 10].
“If we don’t win on Sunday and we need points against Liverpool I would say he plays against Liverpool.
“I wouldn’t say he needs a long break but a good period of work. We are preparing a good working situation for him in the holiday period.”
Meanwhile, Loic Remy has finally returned to fitness and looks set to start in the place of 37-year-old Didier Drogba who will be given a break after proving to be a more than able substitute over the past few games.
If Costa does miss the remaining games of Chelsea’s campaign he will sit out ties with Crystal Palace, Liverpool, West Brom and Sunderland.