Injury to Diego Costa leaves Chelsea in serious striker trouble

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Diego Costa is in revived form under interim manager Guus Hiddink. He scored the opener in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Scunthorpe in FA Cup play, his fourth goal in three games since the Blues changed manager.

Unfortunately, they could be without the Brazilian for their Wednesday Premier League matchup against West Brom.

Costa was substituted towards the end of the match, and with a slight limp evident Hiddink said postmatch the striker is a “doubt” for the next fixture. It’s unclear what the nature of the injury is, but Costa has had extensive hamstring problems in the past.

With Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy both out injured, that just leaves Pedro alongside youth team products 19-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek and 20-year-old Bertrand Traore as the attacking options up front. Loftus-Cheek picked up his first Chelsea goal in the win over Scunthorpe on Sunday.

Chelsea has returned to scoring form under Hiddink, with two or more goals in four of their last five games across all competitions, but much of that was down to Costa, who clearly began to work hard in the attack. The Blues haven’t lost since a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City in mid-December.

Hiddink also confirmed that Eden Hazard will be unavailable midweek, Oscar exited the Scunthorpe game with swelling in his toe, and that Nemanja Matic is dealing with concussion symptoms after being hit with a ball in training. Oscar came off at halftime, while Matic was not in the squad.