Jose Mourinho has revealed that Diego Costa could be available for Chelsea’s Premier League showdown against Arsenal next week, reports the Daily Mail.
The Spanish striker suffered a hamstring injury against Stoke City earlier in the month and was expected to be out until the beginning of May, however he could now return for the huge clash with the Gunners.
Mourinho, speaking in his press conference prior to tomorrow's Manchester United game, told reporters: “Diego is progressing very well, I think he has a chance for next weekend.
“Our target for him was to play the last four matches. Arsenal is the sixth from the end, so if he doesn't play against Arsenal or Leicester, it is not a problem because we were always focusing on the last four.
“But thing are going so well he has a chance [of facing Arsenal]. He's training, he starts training with the rest of the squad next week.”
Costa is Chelsea’s leading scorer and also joint top scorer in the Premier League with 19 goals, despite missing parts of the season through injury.
12 POINT TARGET
If the Brazilian-born Spanish international doesn't make a full recovery in time for the Arsenal fixture, then he will most likely be in contention for the following matches, which include away trips to Leicester City and West Brom, as well as home ties with Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Sunderland.
The Blues only need 12 points from their last seven games to win the title and Mourinho will be hoping that Costa’s return will give them every chance of doing so as the season comes to a climax.