Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has delivered worrying news on Diego Costa’s fitness in a startling revelation in the Sun.
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The Spanish international scored in Sunday’s win over Hull City, but went off injured in the second half with a hamstring problem that has been affecting him for nearly a year.
“Diego has had this problem since playing for Atletico Madrid in last season’s Champions League final,” Mourinho said. “It’s not bad enough to require an operation — but it can come at any time and we have to look after him.”
Still, Mourinho insists he is not worried about injuries, pointing to the depth he has upfront as substitute Loic Remy scored the winner at the KC Stadium.
“If he is injured then we have Loic Remy, we have Didier Drogba. We never cry about injured players,” he added, but does he really mean that?
Still, it is worth pointing out that Remy and Drogba have just 12 goals between them this season, with the former Queens Park Rangers man having injury concerns of his own throughout the campaign. Drogba, meanwhile, is 37 and could not play every week if both Chelsea’s first two strikers were out for any length of time.
Remy’s scrappy winner was not necessarily the mark of a reliable goalscorer, more an error from the opposition goalkeeper – fitting, perhaps, as Chelsea once again looked highly suspect in this win against one of the teams fighting relegation. But for Thibaut Courtois, it could have easily been 3-2 to the Tigers in what would have been a ridiculous collapse from Mourinho’s side.
This title race is not over yet, not by a long shot, and Arsenal and Manchester City will be rubbing their hands with glee if Costa’s injury proves bad enough to keep him out or affect his form between now and the end of the season.