COSTA BREAKS NOSE IN CHELSEA TRAINING
The Dutchman has confirmed the Spain striker is
fit to play despite suffering a facial injury in
training but new signing Alexandre Pato is not
yet ready to make his debut
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has confirmed Diego
Costa suffered a broken nose in training on Thursday
but will be available to face Newcastle.
The striker has found the net six times in his last seven
Premier League outings and has recaptured some of his
best form under the Dutch interim manager.
“Costa broke his nose in a duel with one of the other
players. He will wear a mask.
Hiddink told reporters, referring to facial injuries already
picked up by Nemanja Matic and Cesar Azpilicueta this
“It was a small incident but it’s a very fragile area.”
Meanwhile, Hiddink also confirmed that new signing
Alexandre Pato will not be available in time to play at the
weekend, but is hopeful the Brazil international could
feature in FA Cup fifth round tie against Manchester City
the following week.
“He’s in the second week of his pre-season and he’s
doing well, he won’t be ready for Newcastle, it’s a
possibility for Manchester City,” he confirmed.
Hiddink saw Kurt Zouma suffer a serious knee injury
against Manchester United last time out and branded
the setback “a sporting tragedy”.
has been drafted into first-team training and could be
included in Saturday’s match day squad.
“It gives other people the chance to step up….. We have
no fear of bringing youngsters in,” Hiddink added.