Chelsea has been handed a big boost ahead of its UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg on Wednesday against Paris Saint-Germain.
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Leading scorer Costa, 27, missed Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Stoke City on Saturday with a slight tendon injury but wasn’t fit enough to train on Monday.
However Costa, who has scored 10 times in his last 14 outings for the Blues, trained on Tuesday ahead of the showdown at Stamford Bridge.
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Pedro has sat out Chelsea’s last two matches with a hamstring injury but the Spanish international also took part in training on Tuesday and will boost the attacking options at the disposal of interim head coach Guus Hiddink.
One blow for the Blues, albeit an expected one, is that John Terry will not be fit for the crunch clash as the club captain continue to work his way back from a hamstring injury he picked up against Newcastle on Feb. 13.
He released the following statement on Instagram:
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I'm gutted to be missing the PSG game. It's so frustrating missing any game,but these big champions league nights at the bridge are unbelievable and it hurts as a player not to be involved. I have thrown everything at my injury trying to get back fit but sometimes you have to let the injury settle, and thankfully I'm on the mend and hope to be back soon. ⚽️ @chelseafc
That means that Hiddink is likely to start Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill at center back, while USMNT international Matt Miazga could be on the bench as the only back-up center back option. Another defensive boost sees Kenedy return after a groin problem, and could come back in at left back with Cesar Azpilicueta at right back.
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Chelsea’s season rides on this result in west London. The Blues have all but given up hope of finishing in the PL’s top four as they sit 10 points off those places with nine games to go.
Their only chance of playing in the Champions League next season is to win it this season. That’s a huge ask for a team who spent most of the PL campaign languishing in the bottom half but they have gone 13 games unbeaten in the PL since Jose Mourinho was fired and their only defeat in their last 17 outings came away at PSG where they looked relatively comfortable against Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Co.
Having Costa as the focal point up top will certainly enhance Chelsea’s chances of reaching the UCL quarterfinals and getting revenge on PSG, the team who knocked them out on away goals at this stage of the season last year.