Head Coach of the Chelsea side, Jose Mourinho made it clear before the match against Palace today that the highest goal scorer for the club this season, Diego Costa, might not feature against Crystal palace on Sunday, and if the match ends in a win for the blues, then there won’t be a need risking his fitness in the next match against Liverpool. And considering he wasn’t on the bench at all, we can assume his season is over if Mourinho keeps to his words.
The talisman hasn’t played since April 4 when he picked up a hamstring injury in the match against Stoke city. The injury has been recurrent all season long, making him miss out in the big matches, including last week’s visit to Emirates which ended in a goalless draw. Concerning if he will still play any further this season, Coach Mourinho said;
“There is a chance he might not. If we win Sunday, I would say he doesn’t play against Liverpool. If we don’t win on Sunday and we need points against Liverpool, I’d say he would play against them.
“It’s about result after result, needs and needs. If we don’t need, probably he doesn’t play (again).”
Chelsea last won the title in the 2009/2010. The blues started the campaign on a strong note, and Costa’s 19 goals have been of immense contributions to their title aspirations. However, he has had issues with his hamstring, and this dates back to the end of last season when he was in Atletico Madrid. The club knows what a fully fit can do, and there are plans to make sure his hamstring gets back in proper shape. On his injury concerns and plans for the forward during the break, the Coach says,
“A long break? A good period of work, rather. We are preparing a good working situation for him during the holiday period where he can obviously mix the holiday with work without fear.”
With Chelsea now officially the winner of the EPL, we really do not need Costa again this season, he needs to be given extended time out to allow his injury to properly heal.