EPL 2016/17: Diego Costa back at Chelsea - being tested by the club's medical team
Chelsea’s in-form striker and Premier League top scorer Diego Costa has picked up an injury while training with the Spanish national side and reports claim that he is back at Stamford Bridge receiving treatment.
Diego Costa has been at his best this season and leads the Premier League goalscoring charts with 9 goals in 11 games. However, it looks like Costa will take no further part in Spain’s World Cup Qualifiers during this international break as ex-Liverpool striker Iago Aspas has been drafted into the squad to replace the Chelsea frontman.
In a short statement, Chelsea said: “Diego Costa has been replaced in the Spain squad for their matches against Macedonia and England having been unable to take full part in training due to injury.”
A Chelsea source has now said that Costa has returned to London where he will be monitored and tested by the Blues’ medical team over this international break. Antonio Conte and Blues fans will be hoping that Costa re-gains fitness in time to face Middlesbrough on the 20th of November.
Costa who has scored 3 goals in his last 4 Premier League games, has arguably been the best striker in the league and has notably toned down his rash behavior under Antonio Conte.
This, however, could be a chance for Chelsea’s summer recruit Michy Batshuayi to get starts for the London club if Costa is unable to get fit in time for the upcoming games. Batshuayi arrived for £33 million in the summer from Marseille and has shown glimpses of his ability, although given limited chances by Antonio Conte.
Chelsea are currently second in the table after winning 5 games in a row in the Premier League conceding no goals. In what has been a masterful switch to a 3-4-3 formation by the Italian boss, Chelsea look to be back to their high-scoring best with all their players hitting form and performing excellently.
Costa has performed extremely well under the new Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui who replaced Vicente Del Bosque in July and has played in all of Spain’s four qualifiers since then, starting in three and scoring three goals.
With Costa withdrawn from the Spanish national side, Alvaro Morata or Aritz Aduriz could get a chance to start for La Roja as Costa receives treatment in London.
This international break does come at a wrong time for Antonio Conte’s men, who look to be gaining momentum and confidence in their title challenge. That being said, it is certain that Chelsea will miss Diego Costa up front if he is unable to get fit in time for their next Premier League game.
Diego Costa has been a vital part of Chelsea’s revival over the past month and Blues fans are waiting patiently for any positive developments about his fitness.