Jose Mourinho has confirmed that star forward Diego Costa won’t be playing again for Chelsea this season if the club can help it.
According to the Daily Mail, The Special One used his pre-match press conference for the Blues’ weekend clash with Crystal Palace to offer an update on the situation regarding his strike force.
Whilst implying that Costa’s hamstring injury, which was was intensified during the 2-1 over Stoke City last month, would keep him out until next season, Mourinho did state that backup striker Loic Remy was available for selection.
Of course Costa is naturally sure to be of more concern to fans, and Mourinho has made it clear that whilst the Brazilian could theoretically be fit enough to feature in one of the remaining games, it was a scenario he was keen to avoid if possible. The Blues can win the Premier League by besting Palace on Sunday, and so Costa might not be needed at all.
"He is out. He is not worth the risk. We do not need to rush. We try to give him maximum stability to be stronger. [Loic] Remy is definitely back.
"There's a chance he [Costa] might not play again. If we win on Sunday I would say he doesn't play against Liverpool [on May 10].
“If we win Sunday, I would say he doesn’t play next week against Liverpool. If we don’t win on Sunday and we need points against Liverpool, I’d say he would play against them. It’s about judging it result after result. If we don’t need him, probably he doesn’t play.”
It’s not the first time injury has plagued Costa, and given his history it’s not likely to be the last. Fans might recall last season’s Champions League final - where he featured for Atletico Madrid against city rivals Real - when he limped off after a short-time, unable to continue.
With 19 Premier League goals to his name his influence has been there for all to see since his switch to Stamford Bridge, although it must be said that nine of those came in his first seven matches in England’s top flight. With that in mind his second-half of the campaign hasn’t been nearly so impressive, and that may be down to the fact that he simply needs a long rest.
Having taken part in an unsuccessful World Cup with Spain last summer, and then of course turned into the spearhead of Chelsea’s lineup, Costa’s body has had little time to heal itself, and though Mourinho won’t hesitate to use him if he thinks the Blues’ league ambitions hang on it, the most ideal scenario would be more him to be able to recuperate with next term in mind.
As for his backup, Remy, he might have to use the last few games of the season to prove that he belongs at Chelsea. The Frenchman has played second-fiddle to Costa for the entirety of the campaign and it doesn’t look like Mourinho rates him highly enough to side with him in the event that both are fit.
Whilst from Chelsea’s point of view he makes for an exemplary reserve option that might not be enough for him, and as a result this summer he might be interested in leaving for pastures new.
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