Mourinho Confirms Double Injury Blow & Offers Costa Update After Win At Liverpool
Jose Mourinho has confirmed a double injury blow plus gave an update on the fitness of Diego Costa after Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield.
Chelsea tightened their grip at the top of the Premier League table with a crucial 2-1 comeback victory over Liverpool on Sunday afternoon but it appears the game came at a cost.
Speaking to the media after the match, Jose Mourinho revealed that Cesc Fabregas and Ramires both picked up injuries during the game but the Portuguese coach heaped praise on the duo for playing on to help secure a vital three points for their team.
Mourinho has given Fabregas permission to link up with the Spain squad ahead of their upcoming internationals but feels the midfielder will be quickly sent back to London after suffering a hamstring injury this afternoon.
Ramires returned to the starting eleven today for the first time since September but it seems the Brazilian aggravated the groin injury that kept him on the sidelines for over six weeks and could now be facing more time on the treatment table.
The Blues boss told Chelseafc.com:
‘Every player was fantastic and some were absolutely brilliant but Ramires and Fabregas both played injured. Maybe the team will lose them for a match or two now but they put themselves there for the team, like I am sure others will in the future because the spirit of the team is fantastic.
‘Fabregas has a hamstring injury, Ramires is the same thing [groin] as before but he knew for my plan it was important for him to start the game. Fabregas is a fantastic professional and he gambled and I gambled. He can join up with Spain but if he does he will be back.’
Diego Costa proved to be the match winner as he grabbed the winning goal midway through the second half after Gary Cahill had pulled Chelsea level earlier in the game following Emre Can’s opener for Liverpool.
Costa has been struggling to shake off a troublesome hamstring injury in recent weeks but Mourinho feels the break could do the striker good in the long-run and the 26-year-old will be in even better shape after being left-out of the Spain squad:
‘He is back. Maybe the injury was good because it made him stop, and when he has to stop he had time to recover step by step. In this moment he is in good condition and Spain made a fantastic decision for them and for us. Now he has 15 days to be at the top of his game and when Spain needs him they will have a good Diego, not a bad Diego.’
The win today sees Chelsea maintain their four-point lead over second-placed Southampton but they are now a full fifteen points ahead of Liverpool, so you’ve have to say the Merseysiders are now out of the title race for another season.
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