Jose Mourinho has issued an update on Diego Costa, and it looks like Chelsea could be without their main striker on Saturday as they start their defense of the Premier League title.
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The Blues host Swansea at Stamford Bridge (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) with Mourinho ready to start with either Radamel Falcao or Loic Remy in attack as Costa continues to struggle with a hamstring issue.
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Costa, 26, missed huge chunks of last season with persistent hamstring problems which have plagued him since 2014 when he was at Atletico Madrid. The Spanish international forward injured his hamstring in Chelsea’s International Champions Cup win against Barcelona at FedEx Field in Maryland on July 28 and did not feature in their 1-0 Community Shield defeat to Arsenal last Sunday.
What does Mourinho think about this injury and is he concerned about Costa’s long-term health?
“Last week he couldn’t play in the Community Shield game. He was not ready to be involved,” Mourinho said. “I cannot reassure fans he will always be fit but I can assure them he is working well and hard and everybody around him is helping him. Am I concerned? I don’t like the word concern because I have other players. I don’t like to cry or moan about players that don’t play. But obviously in such a short squad like we have, then when somebody is missing I am not happy. But it won’t be an excuse for me.”
Chelsea have certainly struggled in attack in their past few games, firing a blank against Arsenal last week with both Remy and Falcao looking a little off the pace. Mourinho’s decision to not strengthen further in the strikers department this summer has been called into question by many, but we will have to wait and see if his gamble on Remy and Falcao stepping up to replace Costa pays off.
Regardless of what he says, will Mourinho be complaining about Costa’s potential absence after Chelsea’s first game of the new PL season against Swansea on Saturday?