Chelsea striker could miss Arsenal showdown with leg injury

Sankha Ghosh / 18 January 2016

The Chelsea striker picked up a shin injury during Saturday’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Everton and he could miss this weekend’s London derby.

Diego Costa suffered a bruised tibia in Saturday’s thrilling draw with Everton, as per the latest medical reports; but it still remains unclear how much time the Chelsea striker will be sidelined.

Costa was quickly rushed to the nearest local hospital for a scan on the injured shin after he left the field at Stamford Bridge and according to Press Association Sport’s report the results show no fracture and only a bruising.

But it is too early to say whether the striker, who was picked up the injury a challenge on Leighton Baines in the second half, will be fit to play in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Arsenal.

The 27-year-old Spaniard is reportedly undergoing treatment at Chelsea’s Surrey training base, despite the whole squad being given two days’ holiday by new boss Guus Hiddink.

Costa netted Chelsea’s first goal as the struggling Blues came back from 2-0 behind to level at 2-2, with the controversial last-gasp goal from John Terry in the stoppage time finally giving them a point from an entertaining 3-3 draw. 

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 five goals in his last five matches.

If Costa remains sidelined then Loic Remy could start at the front against Arsenal, with struggling Radamel Falcao out of action since last October with a thigh injury.

The latest injury setback to Diego Costa could force the Blues to dig deep into the January transfer window for a striker, but the player they want is actually available in the middle of the season or not that remains to be seen.

“Let’s wait on the report. If the negative [happens], then yes, we start thinking in a very quick way,” Hiddink said after the match.

Hiddink on Friday claimed clubs making emergency signings this month were “desperate”.

For the past 2-3 months Chelsea have been linked with several strikers, including Leicester hitman Jamie Vardy, although it is very hard to see him leaving title contenders Leicester for the fallen Premier League champions.

Hiddink’s boys are hobbling 14th in the table with 16 games to be played and well adrift of Champions League qualification.


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