Sitting at the top of the Premier League, Chelsea have not been without their fair share of injuries this season. Boasting one of the best medical teams in the game, thankfully our injury list has been less serious than other teams such as Arsenal and Manchester United.
The most prolific of our injuries has been with Diego Costa, who has a returning hamstring problem. This is the kind of injury that will not go away without surgery, though both Chelsea and his previous side Atletico Madrid have been reluctant to give this the thumbs up. Costa will want this injury gone, but his thirst to play for his team means he keeps returning before he has fully recovered.
He famously played just 9 minutes in the Champions League final for Atletico versus Real Madrid, leaving the pitch in tears. He had tried an interesting method before the final to try and get back to health in using horse placenta to treat the injured hamstring. A disappointing World Cup campaign for Spain meant that the striker could return and focus on getting better, though still not going under the knife.
Late in the current season he finds himself coming on at half time and lasting just 11 minutes during Chelsea’s game against Stoke, forcing a substitution for a substitute. Chelsea says he could make his return for the last 4 games of the season, perhaps joining the team against Crystal Palace.
Chelsea’s loanee Victor Moses has suffered a similar hamstring injury and has been ruled out for the season. The Stoke forward has returned to Chelsea to receive treatment. It is not known if he will return to Stoke at the start of next season, his loan deal is currently just for the 2014-15 season.
Cesc Fabregas will be playing with a protective mask after being elbowed in the nose by wonder-goal scoring Charlie Adam during the game against Stoke.
John Obi Mikel returns to the team after a minor knee operation before the Capital One Cup final. Mikel is a useful member of the squad when deployed in the latter stages of a match and could be pivotal in our game against Manchester United.
As you can see this injury list is not too serious, aside from missing top scorer Diego Costa. We continue our good run in his absence and are reminded that a team is bigger than a player, no matter how good his stats are.