Mourinho delivers latest Chelsea injury update after Stoke victory
Jose Mourinho admits that he took a risk in playing Diego Costa after Chelsea striker suffers a fresh hamstring injury
Jose Mourinho admits that he took a risk in bringing on Diego Costa during Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Stoke City after the striker aggravated a hamstring injury on Saturday.
The Brazilian striker had to be substituted in the 57th minute at Stamford Bridge after coming on at half-time in west London and is now set to be sidelined for at least two weeks.
Speaking after Chelsea stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “The explanation is that if my medical department decides to take four weeks to recover Diego this wouldn’t happen.
“But in football we need to take risks sometimes. The medical department risked it a little bit but the truth is that in all the scans they did two days ago the muscle was clean, the image was completely clean and the player trained twice at 100 per cent. He did much more in training than he did today.
“We decided to protect him and if the result was 2-0 or 3-0 he wouldn’t play. But we risked it – my medical department is fantastic and they do fantastic things for us during the season.
“No problem, next weekend, Remy or Didier Drogba will play. We will wait for Diego again.”
Asked how long Costa is likely to be out for, Mourinho replied: “I don’t know, but for a muscular injury, a couple of weeks minimum. Let’s see what happens.”
Chelsea took the lead when Eden Hazard converted a penalty in the 39th minute Cesc Fabregas had been tripped in the box.
Stoke equalised on the stroke of half-time when Charlie Adam scored from his own half with a sensational strike.
However, Loic Remy netted Chelsea’s winner in the 62nd minute after an error from keeper Asmir Begovic.
Chelsea’s next game is a Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers next Sunday.