Jose Mourinho has admitted that the decision to bring Diego Costa off the bench in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Stoke City at the weekend may come back to haunt him, Sky Sports reports.
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The Spanish striker limped out of Chelsea’s 3-2 win against Hull City before the international break and missed both of his national side’s fixtures over that period.
He then started as a substitute in the game against the Potters before being brought on at half-time in place of Oscar, unfortunately the former Atletico Madrid man lasted just 11 minutes as he pulled up clutching his hamstring and immediately signalled to the bench that his game was over.
And Mourinho revealed in his post-match interview with Sky Sports that he risked his top scorer in a bid to get all three points and while his side won the game he admits the plan backfired as the striker could be out for up to a month:
“If my medical department decides to take four weeks to recover Diego this would not happen but in football we need risks.” he said.
“It’s true that all the scans two days ago were clean and he trained 100 per cent, twice, where he did much more than he did today.
“My medical department is fantastic so there is no problem with them and next week we will wait for Diego again. For sure he will be out for a couple of weeks, minimum.” he added.
If Costa is out for a minimum of two weeks then that puts his participation in the Blues home game against Manchester United in doubt.