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Diego Costa available to face Queens Park Rangers

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has given Blues fans the best injury update possible ahead of Saturday's clash with Queens Park Rangers, confirming star striker Diego Costa has been passed fit to face the Hoops at Stamford Bridge.

Costa's persistent hamstring problems have forced the Spanish international to miss Chelsea's last three matches, including the frustrating 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

The Brazilian-born forward has trained this week and Mourinho clearly thinks he's ready to return against the struggling Hoops tomorrow afternoon, but has stressed that Chelsea will need to monitor their main marksman very carefully as they look to keep him firing all season long.

'Special care' required

In his pre-match press conference for the West London derby Mourinho spoke at length about Costa's situation, revealing: "He played for the national team and we lost him for four matches. Crystal Palace, Maribor, Shrewsbury and Manchester United, four matches in three different competitions.

"Now he is again available but he needs to be under special care. I'm always supportive of players playing for their countries when they are in the condition to do so. But I'm nobody to stand in the way of the national team, I can't stop him going away with his country."

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The 25-year-old's return could not be more timely for Chelsea, who despite the credible efforts of Didier Drogba is a presence the Blues were always going to miss against United and Crystal Palace.

Costa's seamless transition to life in the Premier League has been nothing short of sensational, with the former Atletico Madrid marksman scoring nine goals in just seven Premier League games.

Against a QPR side who've conceded 18 goals in just nine Premier League games you have to feel Costa looks primed to reach double figures in a Chelsea shirt if anywhere near 100%, as Chelsea look to continue their imperious start to a campaign full of promise.

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