Wednesday 28 September 2016

Diego Costa 'punched himself', says Jose Mourinho, and could be a doubt for Liverpool clash

Tom Sheen

Published 28/10/2015 | 15:34

Chelsea's Diego Costa lies injured before being substituted
Action Images via Reuters / Alex Morton
Chelsea's Diego Costa lies injured before being substituted Action Images via Reuters / Alex Morton

Diego Costa is an injury concern for Chelsea's crucial Premier League match against Liverpool at the weekend after he lasted just 30 minutes in the League Cup exit at Stoke City.

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The Spanish striker had to be sent to hospital after colliding with Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam and suffering pain to his back and rib.

It's not yet clear how long Costa, who clutched his side while waving for medical staff, will be out for.

Chelsea are likely to offer an update at some point today.

When asked about the injury, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was unsure of its severity.

"He is in the hospital - I don't know," said the Portuguese, who also blasted Chelsea's critics for suggesting he had lost the dressing room.

He then added, jokingly: "I think he punched himself."

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