Chelsea are likely to be without top scorer Diego Costa for the game against Manchester United on Sunday, The Guardian reports.
Costa had been in hospital undergoing treatment on a ‘mystery bug‘ and has since been released but a groin injury picked up on international duty with Spain is believed to be the main reason he is expected to miss the United game.
Just like Angel di Maria being injured for United would be a big boost for Chelsea, Costa’s potential absence is a real plus for Louis van Gaal‘s side because he has been instrumental in their strong form with nine goals already this season.
Loic Remy is also expected to miss the game through injury, which leaves 36-year-old Didier Drogba as their only fit senior striker meaning youngster Dominic Solanke, who made his senior debut in midweek against Maribor in the Champions League, is also likely to be part of the match day squad.
At the moment, United’s defence is extremely fragile and a clean sheet is a rare commodity, so Chelsea being without their main two strikers changes the make-up of the game. There’s no doubt that Chelsea are still going to be considered the favourites based on current form but in the big matches anything can happen, so Van Gaal will be looking for nothing but three points from Sunday’s game.
Of course, this could all be part of an elaborate mind-game which you wouldn’t put past Jose Mourinho but what is clear is that even if Remy or Costa do feature on Sunday, they won’t be 100% fit.