Jose Mourinho is considering taking a gamble on the fitness of injury-plagued striker Diego Costa when Chelsea take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium tomorrow night.
The Blues boss surprised reporters present at his pre-match press conference when he confirmed plans to include the Spain international in his matchday squad for the midweek trip to the Foxes.
Costa has not featured since limping out of the 2-1 victory over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on April 4 after suffering a recurrence of the problematic hamstring strain that has hampered his debut campaign in west London.
However, the former Atletico Madrid marksman has travelled with the first-team squad to St George's Park - the national team training camp where Chelsea are based for a couple of days - with a view to playing some part in Wednesday's match.
Mourinho's intentions are somewhat surprising when you consider that the Premier League title is all but secured following Sunday's goalless draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
If Costa is rushed back too early then it increases the risk of the 26-year-old suffering another setback, and with just a few games of the 2014/15 campaign remaining many thought he would not play again until pre-season to give the player the best possible chance of making a full recovery.
But, with Loic Remy still sidelined and Didier Drogba struggling for form it looks as though the £32 million signing from last summer could be recalled prematurely to give Chelsea a little more presence at the focal point of their attack.
"I don't know about Diego Costa. I have to think about if it deserves a gamble or if we wait a few more days to be completely sure," Mourinho was quoted saying by Goal.com.
"If it was a player without an injury history I would play him tomorrow, but because he is a player with a history I have to think about that."
The Portuguese coach deployed Eden Hazard in a more central role to face the Gunners at the weekend, but would prefer to move the recently crowned PFA Player of the Year back to his favoured position out wide as part of a three-pronged support cast in behind a recognised centre forward.
Asked for an update on any other team news, Mourinho added: "I don't plan to make many changes. I know Leicester played on Saturday and we played on Sunday, but we will try to recover the players as best we can.
"We go to St George's to prepare as best we can. We will leave the young players here to play their [FA Youth Cup] final against Man City so we don't take them with us.
"Our squad is very short with the injuries we have and so there is no space for a lot of rotation."
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