Diego Costa collects Premier League Player of the Month award

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Diego Costa has received the recognition he undoubtedly deserves for his fine start to life at Chelsea by scooping the Premier League's Player of the Month award for August ahead of teammate Cesc Fabregas, Aston Villa forward Andreas Weimann and Swansea duo Nathan Dyer and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Spanish international Costa joined the Blues from reigning La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in a £32 million deal back in July and has wasted no time at all in repaying the faith shown in him by manager Jose Mourinho.

Goalscoring touch

Having started all three of Chelsea's 2014/15 top-flight games to date, the burly 25-year-old has notched four goals - including a brace in the absorbing 6-3 win over Everton at Goodison Park in the last fixture before the recent international break.

As well as showcasing his obvious knack of scoring goals, Costa has also demonstrated the necessary physical capabilities to thrive in the fast and furious world of English football.

His antics in this regard appear to have made him somewhat of an unpopular figure with several opposition players already, something that was plainly obvious during confrontations with both defender Seamus Coleman and goalkeeper Tim Howard during that aforementioned thriller on Merseyside.

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Hamstring problem

Chelsea may have to do without the services of their first-choice striker this weekend, however, with a recurrence of a troublesome hamstring injury possibly ruling him out of Saturday's keenly-anticipated fixture against in-form Swansea at Stamford Bridge.

Such an issue forced Costa to withdraw from the Spain squad for their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia this week, although Vicente del Bosque's side still managed to secure a resounding 5-1 win in his absence.

Drogba/Remy choice?

If Costa is not available for selection for the visit of Garry Monk's side, then Mourinho - who radically altered his strikeforce this summer and allowed all four of Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba, Romelu Lukaku and Fernando Torres to depart West London - can either choose to replace him with club legend Didier Drogba or otherwise hand a debut to Frenchman Loic Remy, who joined Chelsea from local rivals Queens Park Rangers towards the end of the recent transfer window.

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