Mourinho gives latest Chelsea injury update ahead of Liverpool clash

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he will protect Spain striker Diego Costa

Jose Mourinho says he will protect Diego Costa despite the Chelsea striker’s desire to feature against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The Spain international has been nursing a hamstring problem in recent weeks which kept the 26-year-old sidelined for most of April after he suffered the blow against Stoke City.

Mourinho had earlier hinted that Costa could return against Arsenal or Crystal Palace, but the Blues boss relied on veteran striker Diego Costa and the returning Loic Remy.

Speaking at his pre-match media conference at Cobham training ground on Friday afternoon, Mourinho gave an update on the Chelsea striker’s fitness status.

“Diego Costa wants to play but I will protect him all the way. We need to find a balance between the risk and the desire,” Mourinho said.

Mourinho added that Brazil international Oscar is injured with a thigh problem and won’t feature for his country at Copa America.

Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions last weekend after a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho has guided the west London side to three titles during two spells at the club.

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