Diego Costa injury: Which games is the Chelsea striker likely to miss?

Jose Mourinho has revealed the striker is unable to play three games in a week - so which games might he miss?

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Diego Costa is unable to play games three days apart, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed last night.

The Spanish striker, who has made an incredible impact since joining from Atletico Madrid with seven goals in four Premier League appearances, was left out of the starting line-up for last night's Champions League tie.

With Chelsea failing to take their chances and ending the night at Stamford Bridge with a 1-1 draw with Schalke, Mourinho explained why Costa only came on as a 75th minute substitute.

“Diego Costa is not in condition to play three matches in a week," he said. "He has problems when he plays one game, he needs a week to recover and now playing matches Tuesday and Wednesday he can't do it. He was not in a condition to do more than he did.”

Mourinho explained the problem was picked up whilst on international duty and has admitted it is impossible to put a time-frame on the issue.

“Next week, against Bolton [in the Capital One Cup], for sure he isn't [going to play]," said Mourinho. "We have to manage the situation until the moment he's completely fine. I don't know [how long that will be]."

Jose Mourinho


With Didier Drogba yet to score since returning to the club and Loic Remy still establishing himself following his arrival from QPR, Costa has immediately become Chelsea's main man when it comes to goals. But it seems they will have to do it without him for some matches this season.

Mourinho has already indicated that Costa will be unavailable for the Capital One Cup tie against Bolton next week. If the problem were to continue until Christmas, the 25-year-old would miss four Champions League group phase games should he start in the preceding Premier League matches. Following last night's 1-1 draw, the Blues' must now battle their way through to the knock-out phase with a tough away tie against Sporting Lisbon next up.

Costa would also miss the London derby against Tottenham at the start of December should he play at the weekend.

Midweek Chelsea fixtures prior to Christmas (Premier League unless stated)...

Manchester City vs Chelsea - Sunday 21 September

Chelsea vs Bolton - Wednesday 24 September - Capital One Cup


Chelsea vs Aston Villa - Saturday 27 September

Sporting Lisbon vs Chelsea - Tuesday 30 September - Champions League


Crystal Palace vs Chelsea - Saturday 18 October

Chelsea vs NK Maribor - Tuesday 21 October - Champions League


Chelsea vs West Brom - Saturday 22 November

FC Schalke vs Chelsea - Tuesday 25 November - Champions League


Sunderland vs Chelsea - Saturday 29 November

Chelsea vs Tottenham - Wednesday 3 December


Newcastle vs Chelsea - Saturday 6 December

Chelsea vs Sporting Lisbon - Wednesday 10 December - Champions League