Diego Costa will wear a face-mask against Newcastle on Saturday after breaking his nose in a training ground clash.
The bizarre injury happened on Wednesday but caretaker manager Guus Hiddink is optimistic the Spaniard will not miss any action.
According to the Telegraph, Costa banged his head against a youth team player’s head but Hiddink stopped short of revealing the player involved in the accident.
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The Dutchman said: “Yesterday in training Diego got in a duel, got his nose broken.
“It was not this tough duel, but he put his nose on the back of the head and he was very unlucky.”
Costa will become the latest Chelsea player to wear a protective mask. Chelsea fans have even joked the club have a “Batman Crew”, while Hiddink referred to it as a “Zorro team”.
Cess Fabregas, Kurt Zouma, Petr Cech, John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta and Nemanja Matic have all donned the face gear in recent months.
Hiddink continued: “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.”
Chelsea host Newcastle aiming to extend their 11-game unbeaten run under Hiddink, who joined the club following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in January.
They will be without Kurt Zouma after the defender suffered a season-ending knee injury in last week’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United, while Alexandre Pato continues to build match fitness.
Champions League clash
It will be interesting to see how Hiddink approaches Saturday’s clash. The Blues are still in with a chance of qualifying for the Europa League so, despite their dismal campaign, can’t quite afford to prioritise other tournaments just yet.
However, Chelsea travel to France on Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
The Ligue 1 outfit are in a fortunate position of being able to rest players due to their 24-point lead at the top of the French division, something that will surely play a key part of Tuesday’s game.
It will be the third time the sides have met in Europe’s famous tournament in three years and, interestingly, the two previous meetings have been decided by away goals.
Two years ago Demba Ba’s 87th minute strike secured a 2-0 win that sent Chelsea to the semi-finals and last year PSG got their revenge in thrilling fashion.
After a 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s sending off in the first half gave Chelsea a huge advantage but the French side took the game to extra-time and sealed their progression when Thiago Silva scored a header in the 114th minute.
We can only hope the upcoming series is just as exciting.
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