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Costa broke his nose during training on Thursday.

Guus Hiddink expects Diego Costa to play against Newcastle despite broken nose

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa is expected to be fit to play in a mask against Newcastle on Saturday after breaking his nose on Thursday.

Blues interim boss Guus Hiddink revealed on Friday that the striker suffered the injury in a training ground collision with an unnamed academy player.

"Yesterday in training Diego got in a duel, got his nose broken," Hiddink said.

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"It was not this tough duel, but he put his nose on the back of the head and he was very unlucky."

Costa is poised to join full-back Cesar Azpilicueta in wearing a protective face mask, which was due to be fitted on Friday before a light training session. The latter is recovering from a facial injury.

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Hiddink added: "Today is the day they put on a mask. We are a team with a lot of masks. A Zorro team.

"I hope. I'm not sure, but I think he will be available."

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