Diego Costa’s Chelsea career may have got off to a flyer, but at the moment nothing seems to be going his way, as a mystery bug has piled on the doubts over whether he’ll be fit for this weekend’s clash with Manchester United.
The Spain international, who was said to be recovering from injury anyway, was forced to seek hospital treatment after succumbing to illness, and now looks highly unlikely to be available for Sunday’s game.
Of course that leaves Didier Drogba as potentially the only viable option to lead Jose Mourinho’s line, as Loic Remy’s participation was all but ruled out by the knock he picked up against Maribor on Tuesday night. Drogba netted his first goal since being back at Chelsea in that game, but whether or not he can do the business at Old Trafford remains to be seen.
The 36-year-old has been largely bereft of the sort of competition the Premier League provides since his departure from Stamford Bridge in 2012 and, although his prowess shouldn't be questioned, the importance of the occasion might be too much for his natural abilities.
Meanwhile the Blues are still adjusting to the news that long-term chief executive Ron Gourlay has decided to step down from his post. Gourlay has been with the club for ten years, but is leaving to pursue further business opportunities. He’s expected to be replaced by Marina Granovskaia.
On the transfer front all’s not well for Mourinho, as defensive target Antonio Rudiger has hinted that he would prefer a move to Arsenal. Big English clubs got a boost earlier this week when he revealed a desire to play Premier League football, but he’s since admitted that he’s a Gunners fan.
The Germany star is said to be wanted by Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, though it's Arsene Wenger who will be sitting with the biggest smile on his face given the comments in question. Rudiger confirmed he had a Gunners shirt and revealed his love for the club, thus potentially paving the way for a move next year.