Blues unsure whether to ‘gamble’ on Costa

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he is unsure whether Diego Costa and Oscar will feature in Wednesday’s game against Leicester.

Blues striker Costa has been out with the hamstring problem which has troubled him for much of the season.

And Oscar was taken to hospital for tests after being flattened by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina during the first half of Sunday’s 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Oscar was quickly discharged and could yet be available against the Foxes, while Mourinho must decide whether to take a chance with Costa’s fitness or save him for this weekend’s derby against Crystal Palace.

Oscar caused Arsenal problems in the first half on Sunday
Oscar caused Arsenal problems in the first half on Sunday

Referring to Costa, Mourinho’s said: “I have to think about if it deserves a gamble or we wait a few more days to be really sure.

“If he was playing without an injury history I would play him tomorrow, but because he is a player with an injury history I have to think about it.

“We need five or six points [to win the title] and if we can get one or three against Leicester it would be very good for us, but after Leicester we still have four matches to play so I have to decide.”

Oscar, who was substituted at half-time at Arsenal, is expected to travel with the squad to the East Midlands.

Asked if the Brazilian is likely to play, Mourinho said: “I really don’t know. His face was swelling and we did not want to go for any risk.

“I know that for me the most important thing is that last night he was not in hospital [overnight], he went to his house and slept at home.”

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