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.”