John Terry isn’t sure where the concerns over Costa’s fitness have come from.
Chelsea skipper John Terry has praised the performances of his striking teammate Diego Costa in training, report the Mail, with apparently no sign of the hamstring injury that Jose Mourinho is so concerned about having popped up during his time on the training pitch at Cobham.
Mourinho has bemoaned Costa’s hamstring issues almost from the moment that he stepped through the door after joining from Atletico Madrid this summer, recently complaining that he was called up to the Spanish national squad by Vicente del Bosque despite needing a rest, but there has been little evidence of this on the pitch with Costa in fine fettle and completing 90 minutes in most of the Blues’ games so far.
Indeed, Terry has seen little evidence of Costa’s supposed ailment in training, praising the Spaniard’s performances against him:
“I’m not sure where that’s coming from. He certainly isn’t showing that against me in training.”
“He is training every day, he looks sharp, he looks angry, he looks aggressive. He’s fit at the moment and that’s the main thing.”
The end of the 2013/14 season for Costa was blighted as he limped out of both the La Liga title decider against Barcelona and the Champions League final against Real Madrid with recurrences of his hamstring troubles, although it did seem as though Atletico had rushed him back to action too quickly on both occasions, something that Mourinho must be careful not to repeat at this season with Costa in tip top form.
Whether del Bosque will use him sparingly in Spain’s upcoming European Championship qualifiers remains to be seen.