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DIEGO COSTA
Diego Costa was a key-player for Chelsea in the last season © Francesca Ceciarini

A race against time: the one Diego Costa wil face to try to recover from his hamstring injury for Arsenal clash late this month.

It seems the lesion is a little worse of what imagined and Mourinho already ruled him out for QPR and Man United games in the press conference after Stoke match, but now it appears it will be a miracle if he can recover for Emirates clash on April 26.

The Telegraph claim that Costa will now see a muscle specialist this week to find out the true extent of his the injury before deciding when he’ll be allowed to step-up his recovery and return to training, so we should have a better idea on how long he’ll be out for over the coming days.

 

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has flown to Italy for treatment of an injury to his nose.

Fabregas was injured by a flailing arm from Stoke’s Charlie Adam in the 2-1 win, Adam scoring a spectacular goal from 66 yards just before half-time.

The Spaniard won the penalty for Chelsea’s first goal and has been a critical part of the Blues’ push to win the league this season.

However the injury received by Adam left Fabregas bloodied and requiring treatment on the pitch, minutes before Stoke’s equaliser.

The 27-year old took to Instagram earlier today, and was all smiles as his photo showed him and Paco Biosca, the head of Chelsea’s medical department, while travelling to Italy to get treatment – probably a surgery- for his injury.

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The former Arsenal and Barcelona man, who signed for Chelsea last summer for £30 million, is no stranger to nose injuries – he broke his nose whilst on international duty in 2008.

That time, he avoided any operation. However he may be forced into an op with this second injury.

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QPR defender Richard Dunne is set to recover in time for next Saturday’s clash with Chelsea.

This is good news for the Hoops, as Dunne is one of their most experienced players: he’s been out since the beginning of February. In that period Steven Caulker has been a regular while Nedhum Onuoha, Rio Ferdinand and Clint Hill failed to take his spot on a permanent basis.

However, QPR manager Chris Ramsey may not be willing to include the veteran Irish defender. The West London side have won and drawn their last two away games against West Brom and Aston Villa. In both of those fixtures, Caulker and Onuoha were selected, meaning Ramsey may be willing to stick to a formula that works. Dunne wasn’t tested in last night’s match against Villa: he played against Millwall with the U21 side to see if he can be ready for the visit of Chelsea to Loftus Road.

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Loic Remy was again decisive in the win against Stoke City, where he scored the winning goal in the second half to secure a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

This second “three-points-goal” from the French striker comes after the one against Hull City two weeks ago:

“I’m really pleased to have scored the winning goal and I need to thank Eden [Hazard], who gave me the assist. We worked very hard and deserved the win. After we conceded the goal it was difficult in the second half but the attitude of the team was very good. It was a difficult game against a good team.” he commented on Chelsea’s official website.

“To stay ahead of the teams behind is a good thing because they are all trying really hard to catch us. Between now and the end of the season we want to win every game, they are all tough. You have to always fight and I think that’s why we are top of the league, because we never give up.”

Remy also spoke about Diego Costa’s new hamstring injury:

“It’s a shame for the team because we all know Diego is a very good player and he’s scored so many goals for us this season. When I play I just try to do my best and it’s a great opportunity for me to show I can be important for the squad as well.”

“I don’t see it from a personal point of view, we are a team and whoever plays tries to do their best. But, I’m happy to give my team what they expect from me, and I’m a striker so I want to score goals.”

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DIEGO COSTA
Diego Costa was a key-player for Chelsea in the last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manger José Mourinho analysed Diego Costa’s situation after the important win over Stoke yesterday.

The Portuguese manager was asked about the new injury that affected the Spanish striker just eleven minutes after he came on to the pitch as a second half substitute. Costa had already suffered the same hamstring problem at the beginning of the international break, and also during the first part of the season. He was stopped by the recurring injury at least three times, playing some games in an unstable physical condition.

Mourinho stated about Costa’s recovery:

“If the medical department decide to take four weeks, it wouldn’t happen [Costa playing] but no way am I upset with my medical department and I am not unhappy with the will of the player to try and help the team.”

“From all the scans two days ago, the muscle and image were completely clean. The player trained twice at 100%. He did much more in training than he did in the match.”

“The medical department do fantastic things for us. We will wait for Diego again. Next week Loic [Remy] or Didier [Drogba] will play.”

Costa has been a key part of Chelsea’s season so far. The Spaniard has scored 19 times in 23 appearances, after signing for the Blues or £32 million from Athletico Madrid. His absence may be noticeable in upcoming fixtures, in what is a crucial stage of the season. However, Mourinho knows how long Costa will be out of action:

“For sure a couple of weeks minimum. Let’s see what happens.”

 

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JOHN OBI MIKEL
JOHN OBI MIKEL © Francesca Ceciarini

Last afternoon Chelsea held a training session at Cobham, the first one with the players back from their international duties: the only absent was Cahill, still not back from Italy after England’s clash in Turin.

The internationals were not the only players back to train with the whole squad since it was also the first training with the rest of the group for John Obi Mikel after the knee surgery he had one month ago due to a problem to his meniscus.

The player could be available to be selected for next games in about one week.

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PETR CECH
Petr Cech will move to Arsenal this summer © Francesca Ceciarini

This, surely, is not the best moment in Petr Cech’s career: after revealing last week he might leave Chelsea after 11 years on next summer due to the “relegation” to “number 2 goalkeeper” by José Mourinho the Czech player seems to have suffered a small injury that forced him to leave his national team squad.

Czech Republic is scheduled to play Slovakia tomorrow night, but the Chelsea goalkeeper had the permission to leave the camp to reach London after this little muscular problem emerged.

In this moment we cannot understand if this injury would prevent Cech to be selected for next Saturday clash against Stoke City.

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Diego Costa was selected by Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque for the upcoming EURO 2016 qualifier against Ukraine that La Roja will play this weekend, and the friendly against Holland, in Amsterdam, next Tuesday night.

Unfortunately the Chelsea striker had to head back to London after also the Spanish medical staff proved he got a hamstring injury, that occurred last Sunday in the clash against Hull City, when Costa left the pitch for Remy in the second half.

The Brazilian-born forward lived a similar situation other times in the previous international breaks of this season ( September, October and November ) when other hamstring injuries prevented him to play with Spain or jeopardized his performances with them, having also to cope with the injury once he was back in London to join Chelsea squad again.

So Diego expressed his frustration in an interview to one of the main Spanish sport newspapers, Marca, and claimed:

I thought that finally I was going to be able to play [for Spain] fully fit. Always when I had gone with Spain before I had hassles. This time I arrived without any problem. I was eager to prove my my worth […] but I am injured again

My story with the Spanish national team hasn’t started yet. I haven’t done anything yet. I’m sorry not to be able to contribute what I wanted to. Something always happens to me when Spain matches are coming up. I’m raring to succeed with Spain”

Sometimes it bothers me that some question my presence [with Spain]. I chose to play for Spain [rather than Brazil] because I wanted to. I proved that I had the desire to succeed with the national team. The best way to shut their mouths is to play and do the things well. But as [until now] I haven’t done it I have to listen and swallow [the criticism]”

Costa insists that he is not bothered by those who find fault with his performances, as he is aware he is yet to prove his worth with Spain, but has a problem with his commitment being questioned:

One thing is criticised is my performances, which is fair, but they can’t criticise my commitment. It’s too unfair after what I experienced in Brazil in the selection [the Brazilian hit back at him for choosing Spain]. I’ll try to replicate my peak form to succeed with the national team”.

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DIEGO COSTA
Diego Costa was a key-player for Chelsea in the last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Diego Costa contributed to Chelsea’s victory over Hull City last week end by scoring the second goal for the Blues. However things didn’t go smoothly for him as he complained about muscular pain.

It is believed to be a harmstring’s injury and the national team doctors will assess the striker but he is unlikely to play for Spain, but will instead return for a match against Stoke.

Diego underwent scans on the hamstring at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Monday before he travelled to Spain having been requested to do so by the Spanish football federation. Costa would be back to London tonight should the team decide not to take any risk..

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