Chelsea are hoping that Diego Costa will be declared fit for this weekend's crunch Premier League showdown against Liverpool, according to the Telegraph.
The Spain international had to be replaced after suffering a rib injury during the club's Capital One Cup defeat at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke City last night.
Costa, 27, was taken to hospital for X-rays following the incident, but it now appears that there could be light at the end of the tunnel for the forward.
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The report suggests that Chelsea are optimistic that Costa has only suffered bruising, meaning he could be in line to start at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
The same report claims that the former Atletico Madrid man will undergo further checks in the coming days, however.
Jose Mourinho will certainly be hoping that his No.1 centre-forward is passed fit for the clash. The Blues boss won't be underestimating the importance of the occasion. Numerous reports have suggested that the self-proclaimed 'Special One' could be sacked if his side are beaten on Saturday.
Sitting in 15th position in England's elite division, Chelsea must find some momentum sooner rather than later. In pursuit of securing a place in the top four, Mourinho's side can't afford to fall even further behind their rivals.
The presence of Costa in the side will definitely give Chelsea a lift, but the forward and the rest of the club's best players must return to top form.
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