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Diego Costa A Doubt To Face Arsenal After Being Ruled Out Of Man Utd Game

Chelsea have received a blow with key striker Diego Costa in danger of missing their vital double-header against Manchester United and Arsenal this month.

Diego Costa was never likely to be named in a recent list of the fastest footballers in the World, but the Chelsea striker is barely able to even muster a light jog these days without picking up a hamstring injury, and his latest problem could see him miss two huge games this month…..

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Chelsea have received a blow with Diego Costa in danger of missing their vital double-header against Manchester United and Arsenal this month, according to the Telegraph.

Costa was forced off during the Blues 2-1 victory over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night after once again suffering a hamstring injury just 12 minutes after coming off the bench.

The Telegraph claim that Chelsea fear the problem is worse than the injury Costa picked up against Hull City in March and Jose Mourinho has already ruled the striker out for a minimum of two weeks.

That means the Spanish international is certain to miss Sunday’s trip to Loftus Road to face local rivals Queens Park Rangers as well as the following weeks key clash with Manchester United at the Bridge.

Costa is understood to be desperate to get himself fit for Chelsea’s subsequent trip to the Emirates on April 26th, however, Mourinho has learned his lesson this time and is reluctant to rush him back too soon again.

The West Londoners moved seven points clear of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table at the weekend and they still have a game in hand, so they are in a commanding position and don’t need to take any unnecessary risks over the fitness of Costa.

The striker has been struggling for both form and fitness in recent weeks and Loic Remy has scored the winner in their last two games, so there really isn’t any need to rush Costa back too soon.

The only reason Mourinho may need to push the Spaniard is if Chelsea slip up against QPR and United and see their lead at the top cut, as that could make the game against Arsenal a potential ‘title decider’.

The Telegraph claim that Costa will now see a muscle specialist this week to find out the true extent of his latest injury before deciding when he’ll be allowed to step-up his recovery and return to training, so we should have a better idea on how long he’ll be out for over the coming days.


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