Costa Doubtful for Leicester Clash, Oscar Could Return

Jose Mourinho has said all members of his Chelsea first-team squad will travel to Leicester City for Wednesday’s Premier League game.

The Portuguese boss also hopes to have Brazilian Oscar back in the fold after the midfielder suffered mild concussion following collision with goalkeeper David Ospina during Sunday’s goalless draw at Arsenal.

Oscar was substituted at half-time at the Emirates stadium and sent to the hospital but he was discharged in time to pass the night at his home and reported to training on Monday.

Diego Costa Could Return for the Final Four Games of the Season, Says Mourinho. Image: Getty.
Diego Costa Could Return for the Final Four Games of the Season, Says Mourinho. Image: Getty.

“I really don’t know how Oscar is but the most important thing is that he is not in hospital,” the 52-year-old told his media conference at the club’s Cobham facility on Monday.

“He went immediately to his house yesterday, slept at home, and he should be arriving (today).”

‘Champions-elect’ Chesea will make do with the St George’s Park- England’s national training facility- to prepare for the crucial game at the King Power stadium.

Asked if Diego Costa will feature, he replied: “I don’t know. I have to think about if it deserves a gamble or if we wait a few more days to be completely sure.

The Spaniard, 26, suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem during the 2-1 home win over Stoke City early this month.

He continued: “If it was a player without an injury history I would play him tomorrow, but because he is a player with a history I have to think about that.

“I don’t plan to make many changes. I know they (Leicester) played on Saturday and we played on Sunday, but we will try to recover the players as best we can.

“We will leave the young players her to play their Cup final against Man City so we don’t take them with us. our squad is very short with the injuries we have and so there is no space for a lot of rotation.”

Chelsea head into their midweek clash with the ‘Foxes’ ten points clear of second-placed Arsenal at the top of the standings.