There’s been good and bad news on the injury front ahead of this weekend’s clash with Chelsea, and where the bad news is concerned, it unfortunately looks as though Diego Costa and Eden Hazard will be fit for the game, according to the Express.
Chelsea certainly haven’t been the same side they were last season, and if we beat the current champions this Sunday it won’t hold the same value that it may have done a year ago. It’s still a massive game though, and three points would be absolutely huge for us in the hunt for the Premier League title.
Just like the majority of the Chelsea team this season, Hazard and Costa really haven’t shown title winning quality. It still would have been a boost were the pair to be absent this Sunday though, so it’s a bit of a blow to hear that both men have been passed fit for the game.
Costa has been suffering from a bruised tibia since Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with Everton (via the BBC), but should feature against us this weekend. Hazard meanwhile, has been plagued with a groin injury for weeks (via the Express) but has been training this week ahead of the trip across London.
Whether either player will be fit enough to start the game remains to be seen, but as they are both such key players for the Blues, it seems likely that we’ll see the pair play at least some part on Sunday.
Costa’s absence in particular would have been a huge boon, as they would struggle to replace the Brazilian born Spaniard up front. Radamel Falcao has been absent since November with a thigh injury (via the Express), so Loic Remy would have been their only option.
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Thankfully we’ve had some injury boosts of our own, with players returning from injury left, right, and centre. We look to be over our usual mid-season glut of injuries, with a number of key players returning to training ahead of this crunch London derby.