Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association (FA) for an alleged stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can during Tuesday’s League Cup win at Stamford Bridge.
The Spaniard, 26, could be banned for the ‘Blues’s’ next three matches if found guilty of deliberately clashing with Can.
He could miss Saturday’s Premier League match against champions Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, next month’s visit to Aston Villa and the clash with Everton at home.
He has until 18:00 GMT Thursday to respond to the charge.
Costa is being charged for the first two alleged stamps that passed unnoticed by referee Michael Oliver, the latter on central defender Martin Skrtel, which left the Slovak in a heap.
Chelsea won the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg 1-0 to round off a 2-1 aggregate win and will face Tottenham Hotspur in the final at Wembley Stadium on March 1.