Costa a doubt for Chelsea’s opening game

Diego Costa is a doubt for Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Swansea.

The striker, who was hampered by hamstring trouble for much of last season, suffered another setback during the Blues’ recent pre-season tour of North America.

He was initially declared fit for Sunday’s Community Shield encounter with Arsenal but ended up missing the game at Wembley, where Jose Mourinho’s side lost 1-0.


“If we don’t have Diego I am happy with the strikers I have.”
Jose Mourinho

And boss Mourinho says he is unsure whether Costa will be available for the Swansea match next weekend.

He said: “Will Costa be fit for Swansea? I don’t know. You think I’m lying, but I’m not.

“Two days ago he was ready to play.  He trained normally on Friday, and yesterday at the end of the training session he said he was not feeling good.”

Summer signing Radamel Falcao came on as a half-time substitute for fellow forward Loic Remy against Arsenal and Chelsea lacked a cutting edge.

But Mourinho, whose team will play Fiorentina in a friendly on Wednesday, insisted he is happy with his attacking options ahead of the new campaign.

“Falcao will have had a bit more football, he will play against Fiorentina from the start,” he confirmed.

“We have Remy too, so if we don’t have Diego I am happy with the strikers I have.”

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