Chelsea stars Oscar and Diego Costa reportedly have been involved in a furious training ground bust-up yesterday.
Both the players clashed angrily after ‘particularly hefty tackle’ on one another and later had to be separated by teammates and coaching staffs.
The incident happened when the team was on Thursday’s morning session at Chelsea’s Cobham Head Quarter in front of new caretaker boss Guus Hiddink.
However, club sources strongly denied about any punches were thrown, but a witness revealed Oscar was struck by Costa up to three times in the alleged bust-up.
The Blues enjoyed an intense training session ahead of the FA Cup third round clash with Scunthorpe this weekend.
Reports claim, Oscar went in on striker Diego Costa with what has been suggested as an “x-rated hefty” tackle, apparently making contact around the knee area.
In response Costa chased the midfielder, angrily complaining about the harsh nature of the challenge and even tried to wrestle the ball away from Oscar.
The training session didn’t stop, and later Costa responded with an ugly furious lunge of his own which left the Brazilian midfielder incensed and the team-mates were really shocked to see Costa’s challenge.
The pair then clashed with each other, even exchanging angry words before team-mates came between them to calm down both of them.
Reports claim Oscar came off considerably worse from the two hefty tackles from Costa.
However, Hiddink didn’t want to get involved into the controversy and is said to be relatively happy that Costa and Oscar have ultimately resolved their differences.
Sources close to the club later insisted that the pair were even seen joking on their way to the changing rooms together after the training session.
Oscar later took the initiative to play down the controversy.
The Brazilian posted on social media: “Those who are saying that me and Diego Costa fought today in training are lying. He is one of my best friends and we would never fight.”
Diego Costa seems to have found his lost form since Mourinho’s exit, scoring in two of the subsequent three matches.
The Brazil-born Spain international scored a brace at home against Watford and netted another at Crystal Palace last Sunday.
The training ground bust-up is the latest controversy involving the 27-year-old moody striker since he arrival in Premier League.
During the league draw with Tottenham back in November, Costa was seen throwing his bib in the direction of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho after he was dropped to the bench at White Hart Lane.
Not only the incident with Oscar, he was also reportedly involved in a training ground bust-up with captain John Terry earlier this season.
Costa, who has endured a frustrating second season in England so far, was even held responsible by some Chelsea fans for Mourinho’s exit, along with Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas himself was involved in a training ground confrontation with a youngster from the club, named Charly Musonda just ahead of Mourinho’s departure.