Chelsea could be missing one of their star men in Diego Costa when Jose Mourinho and his men visit Old Trafford next weekend.
The sides meet on Sunday 26 October in what is Louis van Gaal‘s first major test as Manchester United manager, but he may have the piece of mind that Chelsea will be without their destructive striker.
Before the international break Mourinho claimed Costa was barely training and expressed concerns over Costa’s inclusion in the Spain squad for their matches against Slovakia and Luxembourg.
After Mourinho confirmed the striker is a major doubt for their fixture against Crystal Palace in his pre-match press conference, The Telegraph went as far as suggesting the man who has scored nine goals in seven Premier League appearances could be out for as much as three weeks, ruling him out of the Manchester United game next weekend.
The news would be a major boost to United given that Costa has scored in almost all of Chelsea’s Premier League games so far this season and, given the insecurity shown in United’s defence, Costa’s absence would be a huge loss for Chelsea.
With Didier Drogba and Andre Schurrle also carrying knocks, any injury to Loic Remy this week would potentially see Chelsea come to Old Trafford without a single striker available for selection.