Chelsea’s Diego Costa suffering with a hamstring niggle
Costa made a late substitute appearance for Chelsea as the Blues were held to a Champions League draw by Schalke
September 18th, 2014
Chelsea failed to make a winning start to their Champions League campaign, with the Blues drawing 1-1 with Schalke at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Jose Mourinho felt as though his team did enough to win the game while he admitted that Diego Costa was in no shape to currently play two games within the space of a week.
The Spaniard made a premature return from international duty due to a hamstring injury and it’s a situation being monitored by Chelsea, with Mourinho admitting he’s not sure when Costa will be 100%.
“He has a problem and he can’t play, in this moment, three matches in a week,” said the manager, who selected Didier Drogba in Costa’s stead. “If he has one week to let the muscle recover he can start again like he was before he had that problem with the national team. But three days, after Saturday, is not enough.
“Not selecting him here was not to protect him for the game for Sunday, but because today he was not in the condition after Saturday. He had a problem in the national team, not with us. And now we have a problem and have to resolve it as best we can. He was not fit enough to start against Schalke.
“On Sunday we believe he will be. Next week against Bolton [in the Capital One Cup], for sure he won’t be. We have to manage the situation until the moment he’s completely fine. I don’t know [how long that will be]. But, if today he had started the game, for sure he could not play on Sunday. We have to go step by step.”