Mourinho gives latest Chelsea injury update ahead of QPR derby

Jose Mourinho says Chelsea striker Diego Costa needs 'special care'

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Jose Mourinho has confirmed Chelsea striker Diego Costa is fit to face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The Spain international has missed the west London side’s last four games in all competitions after returning from international duty with a hamstring injury.

And Chelsea manager Mourinho says Costa, who has scored seven goals in seven Premier League games, needs “special care” ahead of the derby clash at Stamford Bridge.

“Diego will play. Good for us. It is difficult to have one striker available. When we have two, obviously the situation improves,” Mourinho told his pre-match media conference.

“He was having problems with Chelsea, and the way we managed to keep him fit, and after the national team, we lost him for four matches in three different competition.

“He is available, but he needs, obviously, to be under special care and we are going to do that.”

Mourinho added that Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is sidelined for the visit of QPR, whilst Loic Remy is still injured after coming off against Maribor last week.

“Remy and Mikel are not ready,” Mourinho continued.

“We don’t have Mikel which is not good for us because he is always an option. But we recover Ramires so it is compensation for that loss.”

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