José Mourinho’s men take on Leicester City at King Power Stadium this Wednesday, as Chelsea look to move three points closer towards winning the league. Chelsea only need 6 more points to win the league, and Leicester City could certainly use any amount of points as they battle to stay out of the relegation zone. José Mourinho could find himself without a few key players, but he might have Diego Costa ready to go. The Spanish international has missed the last four matches, after re-injuring his hamstring against Stoke City after just 10 minutes of action. Loïc Rémy also remains doubtful as he nurses his calf injury. Questions surround Oscar’s condition after receiving a devastating blow from Arsenal goalkeeper, David Ospina. He was taken to a local hospital the day of the match, on suspicion of a concussion, but the details of his injury have yet to be released.
If Diego Costa can make his return on Wednesday night, he could still compete with Harry Kane and Sergio Agüero for the most goals in the Premier League this season. Chelsea still has five matches remaining, and Costa has scored 19 goals this season, Agüero has netted 21, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane has scored 20. Costa should surely be biting at the bit to get back onto the pitch with a chance to lead the Premier League in scoring, in his debut year. If Loïc Rémy and Diego Costa are both unavailable for tomorrow, Mourinho could line up with a false 9 like he did against Arsenal, or he could start Didier Drogba, who came on as a sub at half-time on Sunday. Drogba has not performed well this season, and the false 9 did not work out well for Mourinho, another reason Chelsea supporters would like Chelsea to purchase another striker this summer.
I do not expect Mourinho to risk Diego Costa against Leicester City, but I do think he should be ready to go for Crystal Palace on Sunday. Chelsea does need Diego Costa to be fit, and this hamstring problem cannot be an ongoing issue next season. Chelsea’s success has been parallel to Diego Costa’s fitness this season.