Jose Mourinho on Friday revealed that Chelsea striker Diego Costa could play at Manchester United on Sunday, despite being hospitalized with a stomach virus earlier this week. Costa, the Premier League’s joint-top scorer with 9 goals, missed the Blues’ last two games through a combination of his ongoing hamstring trouble in addition to the virus. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash at Old Trafford, Mourinho noted that Costa had yet to play with his teammates this week.
"Diego has a little chance,” the Chelsea coach said. “I'm not saying he can play. I'm saying that we are trying. We will see what happens between Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Everything happened to him. He was obviously injured and he had to go to the hospital with a viral situation that we didn't manage to resolve without being in hospital over one night. The problem is that being ill obviously didn't help his recovery process because we didn't want him here at Cobham. The medical staff were going to meet him at his house."
Costa’s absence would leave veteran Didier Drogba as Chelsea’s only recognized striker available, as Loic Remy injured his groin during Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League win at home to Maribor and is expected to miss at least two-to-three weeks.