Diego Costa injury could leave Chelsea in trouble, warns Harry Redknapp ahead of Premier League kick-off

Striker missed the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal on Sunday with a hamstring problem

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Defending champions Chelsea could be in trouble if striker Diego Costa is unavailable for long, former Tottenham manager has Harry Redknapp.

Spain striker Costa, who injured his hamstring during pre-season and missed the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, is a doubt for Chelsea'sPremier League opener against Swansea City.

"If Costa is injured a lot and is going to be missing, that's the scary part - can they (Chelsea) get away without him?" Redknapp, who quit as Queens Park Rangers manager in February, said on Twitter.

"If Costa does pick up injuries, and it seems his hamstring isn't great at the moment, one of (Loic) Remy and (Radamel) Falcao has got to carry the baton and do the job and whether they can is the question mark.

"Maybe Falcao can do the job, Jose's placed his faith in him. Jose (Mourhino) can lift people and improve people and if he can get the best out of him maybe they'll be ok," Redknapp added.


Chelsea take on Swansea at Stamford Bridge in the late kick-off on Saturday.