Mourinho delivers latest Chelsea injury update ahead of QPR trip

Diego Costa is likely to return to action next month for Chelsea, says manager Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is expecting Diego Costa to return to action for Chelsea’s final four games of the season.

The striker suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury during last weekend’s 2-1 win over Stoke City and was forced off early in the second half of the clash at Stamford Bridge.

Costa will sit out Sunday’s trip to Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League as he begins his recovery.

And Mourinho is expecting to have the 25-year-old forward back available for selection next month.

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“Diego will certainly be back,” Mourinho told a news conference at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Friday afternoon.

“We have eight matches to play, and if he plays four it’s normal. If he plays three it’s a little bit below what I’m expecting, and if he plays five it’s a little bit more than what I am expecting. I am thinking four matches.”

The Blues boss also revealed that Cesc Fabregas will wear a protective mask against QPR after suffering a facial injury last weekend, while midfielder John Obi Mikel is back in the squad.

“Everybody else is fine and ready. Mikel is ready; Fabregas with a mask is ready too. No problems.”

Chelsea head into Sunday’s clash seven points clear of second-placed Arsenal as they look for a win to take them closer to their first top-flight title since 2010.

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