Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, revealed on Friday 31 October that his star centre forward, Diego Costa, would be ready to make a return to first team action in the weekend’s Premier League home fixture with QPR.
Costa, who has made a stunning start to life in the Premier League – scoring nine goals in just seven Barclays Premier League appearances – had been forced to miss the Blues last four matches with a hamstring injury followed by a viral infection.
The striker’s absence, alongside recently signed Loic Remy, meant that Cheslea were down to just one first choice striker, their ageing talisman Didier Drogba.
Remy will remain out of the QPR fixture, which kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 1 November at Stamford Bridge, but Diego Costa will be fit and ready to play a full part, Mourinho told press on Friday:
“Everyone knows the time Diego was having problems at Chelsea and the way we managed to keep him playing, and then after the national team we lost him for four matches in three different competitions. Now he is available again but he needs obviously to be again under special care and we are going to do that, it is the only thing we can do.”
The comment, and Drogba’s impressive play of late, leave a slight question over whether or not Costa will start, though, with the Spanish powerhouse having played so impressively this term, it would be a major surprise if he did not feature in Mourinho’s starting XI. The manager’s comments, do, however, suggest that he may well bring off his top scorer should Chelsea secure a reasonable margin at any stage.
If he is fit, it is felt, Costa must surely start for Chelsea.
Chelsea v Queens Park Rangers kicks off at 3pm GMT on Saturday 1 November 2014.