Diego Costa has told Jose Mourinho that he believes he will be fit to play in Chelsea's opening Premier League game against Swansea City on Saturday, reports the Telegraph.
The Brazilian-born striker sat out Chelsea's Community Shield tie against Arsenal last Sunday due to concerns over a longstanding hamstring injury.
He also failed to make an appearance in the pre-season friendly earlier this week. The Blues lost both games 1-0 with replacement striker Radamel Falcao struggling to cut out chances for himself.
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It has since been suggested by a number of punters that Costa's troublesome hamstring could end up costing Chelsea the chance to win a second consecutive Premier League title.
However, Costa himself believes he is has almost recovered from his latest injury setback and could well be fit to play against Swansea.
Mourinho has previously suggested that he does not think the 26-year-old will be ready for at Stamford Bridge, but Costa has told Mourinho that he has a good chance of being ready.
Costa suffered several hamstring issues in his debut season at Chelsea, but still managed to challenge for the Golden Boot by scoring 20 goals in just 26 appearances.
However, without him, the Blues look blunt in attack with neither Loic Remy or Falcao yet to prove they are able to offer a significant goal threat.
Lack of options
Falcao had previously suggested that his days at the top of the game were numbered after scoring just four goals during a season-long loan at Manchester United.
Mourinho is likely to give a final decision on Costa in his pre-match press conference at Cobham today.
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