Jose Mourinho on Friday revealed that star striker Diego Costa, who missed Spain’s 3-0 win against Belarus in Euro 2016 qualifying as well as the 1-0 friendly loss against Germany, has made a fully recovery from his injury problems and will start on Saturday against West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge.
“Diego has totally recovered,” the Portuguese said. “He had a little holiday, with a Chelsea physio, for two weeks so even then he was working many hours per day with our physio. After that he came back, he keeps going in the right direction. We feel he’s free of his old injury.”
With 12 games between now and New Year’s Day, Costa will experience the busy year-end period in England for the first time. “I believe the Christmas period for players doing it for the first time in their careers is more difficult,” Mourinho said. “The English players, or those who have been here for many years, are more physically and mentally adapted and prepared to cope with the special incredible marathon of football we face."