Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chelsea are set for a massive boost with Diego Costa and Ramires closing in on a return to full fitness.
The Chelsea boss said he expects both to play a part in their Premier League clash against QPR this Saturday. Chelsea remain unbeaten in their opening nine games this season and will look to consolidate their position at the top of the table against Harry Redknapp's struggling Hoops.
Chelsea were expected to struggle without Costa, who has been one of the signings of the summer thus far. The Spain international joined from Atletico Madrid in the summer, signing a deal worth a reported £150,000-a-week and has thoroughly impressed thus far.
Costa has grabbed nine goals in seven appearances, linking up with fellow new arrival Cesc Fabregas seamlessly. Despite Costa's absence, Chelsea have still managed to extend their lead at the top of the table to six points.
"Without any further complications, Diego Costa and Ramires will be fit to face QPR at the weekend."
The striker sustained a hamstring injury whilst on international duty for Spain in what had been identified as a longstanding problem by Mourinho. Costa has sat out four games, but Mourinho confirmed after Chelsea's 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Shrewsbury that he will be back for Saturday alongside Ramires.
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Mourinho said to reporters: "Without any further complications, Diego Costa and Ramires will be fit to face QPR at the weekend."
Ramires has been out for almost a month with a muscle injury and was forced to pull out of the Brazil squad during the international break. Both Ramires and Costa were back in full training in time for Shrewsbury, but neither were selected by Mourinho.
Costa will undoubtedly retake his position in the team at the expense of Didier Drogba, despite the Ivorian's impressive form. Drogba, who rejoined the Blues in the summer on a free transfer, has scored three goals in three games. His performances have averted what looked to be a potential crisis for Chelsea after Costa and Loic Remy both went down to injury ahead of a trip to Manchester United.
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