Costa Available for QPR but Needs “Special Care”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that striker Diego Costa is fit to face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The Spaniard, 25, has missed the Premier League leaders’s last four games in all competitions following his return from international duty with a hamstring injury.

Speaking in his pre-match press briefing on Friday, Mourinho confirmed that Costa, whose last of nine league goals came in the 2-0 home win over Arsenal on October 5, needs “special care”.

“Diego will play. Good for us,” said the 51-year-old. It is difficult to have one striker available. When we have two, obviously the situation improves.

“He was having problems with Chelsea, and the way we managed to keep him fit, and after the national team, we lost him for four matches in three different competitions.

“He is available, but he needs, obviously, to be under special care and we are going to do that.”

Diego Costa Is Joint Top Scorer in the Premier League With Nine Goals. Image: Getty.

Diego Costa Is Joint Top Scorer in the Premier League With Nine Goals. Image: Getty.

Mourinho also disclosed that Nigeria international midfielder John Obi Mikel is sidelined for the London derby at Stamford Bridge, while Loic Remy, who came off against NK Maribor last week, could return after the next international break.

“Remy and Mikel are not ready,” Mourinho added.

“We don’t have Mikel which is not good for us because he is always an option. But we recover Ramires so it compensation for that loss.”

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