Absolutely massive news has been released just before the clash of the Premier League’s top two. Chelsea’s cross-town rivals, Arsenal, have won 11 games in a row and have moved all the way up to 2nd place after their perennial late-season surge. Reports say that top scorer and first string striker Diego Costa has resumed full training after originally being ruled out for the rest of April after suffering a hamstring injury against Stoke on April 4th.
The big Spain international’s bad hamstring has since become somewhat of a chronic problem, as he was thought to not be ready until May, but it seems he has healed ahead of schedule. This is the absolute best news Blues supporters could have gotten, as their offense has been sputtering a bit as of late without Costa in the team, and therefore Chelsea’s attack is extremely more fluid and orthodox when Diego is in the Starting XI.
With Costa out, Mourinho was ready to give the speedy Loic Remy a call to fill Diego’s place, but in pre game training before the match against QPR, the Frenchman Remy suffered a pulled calf and consequently missed the QPR match and the following one against Manchester United, leaving Didier Drogba as the only striker in the first team.
Drogba played the entire 90 against Manchester United and was definitely the Blues weakest link going forward. Drogba is obviously a legend but he has struggled this season to find success against the powerful defences of England’s top flight. Many believe that this is because he is older this time around and does not have the work rate or pace Premier League strikers need to have success.
All in all, Chelsea are back to full strength after also announcing that Remy is back and ready to play as his calf injury was nothing serious. This will be a good test for both teams going forward as Sunday’s game at the Emirates could prolong Chelsea’s quest for the Premier League title.