Chelsea striker Diego Costa has alleviated all the concerns over his fitness as he returned to training on Friday.

Costa had to leave the field early from the Emirates Stadium with a knee injury which made him doubtful for Sunday’s match against the Championship team.

The controversial Spanish striker managed to score the only goal to beat fierce rivals Arsenal last weekend but was then taken off in the second half with a knock, but the 27-year-old forward was spotted on Chelsea TV on his way out to training as his teammates prepared to face MK Dons in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Guus Hiddink even hailed his striker’s recovery in front of goal after the impressive Arsenal victory, telling Chelsea TV: “If you have to play him as a central defender, then you are a bit in trouble.

“He likes to fight – in a good way – and he’s got his credentials.”

Ahead of the match, MK boss Karl Robinson warned his players about Costa’s antics.

“You can’t get involved in the antics. An awful lot of that goes on,” Robinson said.

“If he wants to get into confrontation the referee has to do his job and they have to be strong enough to do their job.

“I will tell my players, ‘You don’t react, you don’t get involved in any of the antics. They’re untoward. You play your game’.

“Taking that to one side he’s as talented a forward as you’re going to get. He’s an exceptional talent. We know how good he can be.”

Diego Costa is certainly Guus Hiddink’s chief antagonist and attacking weapon right now, but MK Dons manager Robinson has warned his players to focus only on themselves and trust referee Jonathan Moss to be on his guard in the field.

The striker also drew the ire of Arsene Wenger last weekend following his involvement in the dismissal of Per Mertesacker before scoring the decisive goal in Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Arsenal.

The Chelsea striker had just seven goals since January 2015 before Jose Mourinho’s dramatic exit last month. But with new boss Hiddink in charge, the controversial forward now has six goals in his last 6 matches.

MK Dons managed to beat Manchester United 4-0 in the famous Capital One Cup second round tie in August 2014 before going on to beat Bradford also in the next round.

Meanwhile, Bradford later that season, in January 2015, defeated Chelsea in the FA Cup fourth round, coming from 2-0 behind to sensationally win 4-2 at Stamford Bridge against the future Premier League champions. Robinson will certainly remind his players of those historic results.

 

 

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