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Jose Mourinho plays down Diego Costa suspension

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists his side will not miss Diego Costa after the Spanish striker picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the 0-0 draw at Sunderland.

With 11 goals to his name already this season, 'the special one' has found it difficult to leave the former Atletico Madrid hitman out this season, despite his injury problems.

Remy or Drogba

The decision has been taken out of his hands with this latest indiscretion however, and Costa will miss the midweek clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge. In his absence, Loic Remy or Didier Drogba will lead the line.

That's a situation that Mourinho is more than happy with, insisting he won't 'cry' over the absence of players and that Costa in particular can use the break to rest ahead of the following fixture.

"We'll play (Loic) Remy or (Didier) Drogba. We don't cry about injured players or about suspended players," said Mourinho.

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"If he's suspended, he's suspended. He can rest, he can be fresh against Newcastle and against Tottenham, Drogba and Remy will have their opportunity to start the game. No problem, let's go.''

Costa picked up his latest yellow card courtesy of a stray arm in the face of defender Wes Brown. On another day, it could have been red, and the 26-year-old was lucky to escape a card in the first-half when kicking out at John O'Shea.

Mourinho was unsurprisingly quick to defend his player however, suggesting he was unlucky to pick up any sort of card at the Stadium of Light.

'Unlucky'

"Why do you speak all the time about Diego? I don't agree, I don't agree. I was just told that he was unlucky to get the yellow card," the Portuguese tactician concluded.

Costa has shown his fiery side on a number of occasions this season, notably riling Everton during a match-winning performance at Goodison Park and generally mixing it up physically.

Against the Black Cats, he appeared on the edge but received the benefit of the doubt, and Mourinho should count himself lucky to have the striker available next weekend.

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