Manchester City midfielder David Silva has alleviated Chelsea supporters' fears about Diego Costa's problematic hamstring, after claiming that the injury picked up on international duty with Spain is "nothing serious".
The Daily Mail carries quotes from the £200,000-a-week star, who spoke to reporters after La Roja's 1-0 friendly defeat against France in Paris in midweek, during which time he played down concerns about the striker's fitness.
Costa flew back to England to undergo testing on his strain, and will miss his country's opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia on Monday.
It's not yet clear whether he'll be fit enough for next weekend's clash against Swansea City, but the early signs aren't looking good despite Silva's comments.
"I saw Costa was doing well and I talked to him. The injury is nothing serious," Silva assured.
The £32 million signing from Atletico Madrid was doubtful for last weekend's 6-3 win over Everton, but featured and scored twice at Goodison Park, maintaining his impressive start to life in England with four goals in only three Premier League matches.
Chelsea underpaid for Costa...
Jose Mourinho will be hoping that whatever the problem is, he won't be without Costa for too long, but will be increasingly thankful for the late window signing of Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers to act as cover for the crocked marksman.
Despite his fine form at club level, Costa has been relatively ineffective when leading the line for Vicente del Bosque's side, and Silva admitted that it will still take some time for him and the other Spain players to get used to the way that he likes to play.
Work in progress
"We are trying to connect with Costa. We’re on it," he added. "Over the last few years we’ve been known for having the ball and creating chances. We have to be patient as there are new people here.
"Now we don’t really create much. [But] we’re working to improve that aspect."
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