Chelsea boss still unsure over whether to start star striker against Stoke

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he is still unsure about whether he will pick leading goalscorer Diego Costa for their Premier League clash with Stoke, according to the Sun.

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The 26-year-old has been in scintillating form for most of the season. Despite recently experiencing a drought of seven games in all competitions without hitting the target, two goals in his last two games have taken his total to nineteen strikes in just twenty-three league matches this campaign.

Last time out however, he limped off fifteen minutes before the end against Hull with the score 2-2, with the home side coming back from 2-0 down at the KC Stadium. A hamstring injury meant that understudy Loic Remy was called upon for the final part of the game, and Costa subsequently missed international duty.

While Mourinho is confident that the former Atletico Madrid man is now fit, he is undecided about whether featuring in Saturday’s game would be a good idea as Costa has a history of hamstring trouble. He was withdrawn after just nine minutes of last season’s Champions League Final. And with the Premier League title still somewhat in the balance, the Blues boss can’t afford to lose him for a lengthy period of time.

“We did all the tests and scans to confirm, two days ago, scientifically the situation and at this moment the muscle is fine,” he said.

“But football is more than that — you need confidence, to believe that you don’t need to break your intensity and are free to express yourself at the maximum intensity, and that’s our doubt.”

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