Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that top scorer Diego Costa may not play again this season, reports the Daily Express.
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The 26-year-old has been on the sidelines since April 4, and has suffered from recurring hamstring problems throughout his debut campaign with the Blues. In order to sort out this issue once and for all Mourinho may rest him until next season, with the Premier League title all but sewn up.
Since arriving from Atletico Madrid last summer the Spain international has been a resounding hit with the Stamford Bridge outfit. He has been been an important part of the team which has run away with the top flight, scoring 19 goals when fit. Costa has added the cutting edge the the Blues didn’t have when Mourinho arrived.
However, even though a win will give Chelsea the title on Sunday, the striker will be playing no part on the pitch. He will even be working through his holiday to be ready to defend the trophy next time round.
The Portuguese said: “Diego Costa will not play on Sunday. It just isn’t worth the risk. In the last month, if we had lost a game he would have been back immediately. But because the results were good we didn’t need to rush him.
“We are trying to give him maximum stability for him to be stronger and stronger. There is no need for any risk. There is a chance he might not play again this season. If we win on Sunday, I would say he doesn’t play against Liverpool. If we don’t win, and we need points against Liverpool, he would probably play.”
He added: “It’s about result after result, needs and needs. If we don’t need him, probably he doesn’t play again. He needs a good period of work. We are preparing a working schedule for him during the holiday period.”