Chelsea`s leading scorer Diego Costa is fit for Saturday`s London derby at home to Queens Park Rangers, but Spain need to look after him in the next international break, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.
FIFA announced its shortlist for the 2014 Ballon d'Or awards on Tuesday. The award is football's equivalent of Hollywood's Oscars. Like always, the 23-man list in contention for one of world football's most coveted prize raised a furore.
Spanish marksman Diego Costa has overcome his hamstring problem and illness and is likely to be in Chelsea's starting squad against Manchester United in the English Premier League at Old Trafford here Sunday.
Chelsea face the prospect of having veteran Didier Drogba as their only fit striker for their visit to Manchester United on Sunday in what is usually one of the standout matches of the Premier League season.
Jose Mourinho insisted he was not worried by the prospect of running short of forward options ahead of Sunday`s visit to Manchester United after confirming Loic Remy and Diego Costa will both miss Chelsea`s trip to Old Trafford.
In case they needed it, the short trip to Crystal Palace will re-focus Chelsea`s globe-trotting players on matters at home as the Premier League slips back into gear this weekend after the second international break of the season.
Wayne Rooney scored his 43rd international goal as England beat Estonia 1-0 to preserve their perfect Euro 2016 qualifying record on Sunday while Chelsea striker Diego Costa finally opened his Spain account.
Spain defender Sergio Ramos will miss this week`s Euro 2016 qualifiers away to Slovakia and Luxembourg due to a calf injury and will be replaced in the squad by Marc Bartra, the European champions said on Monday.
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque on Friday included Chelsea`s Diego Costa in his side`s Euro 2016 qualifiers away against Slovakia and Luxembourg despite Jose Mourinho`s concerns over the striker`s fitness.