Chelsea FC manager, Jose Mourinho has admitted he has got concerns over his first choice striker, Diego Costa’s persistent fitness problems.
Speaking to reporters, Mourinho admitted he could hardly tell when the Brazilian who plays for Spain is fit or not.
Costa spent most of the second half of last season in the stands after his long-time injury worries reared its ugly head again.
He said, “Costa is not ready. It is not a good feeling for him, it is not a good feeling for me. I have to be honest and say that it is a bit of a concern. A player that didn’t finish the season and doesn’t start the season obviously doesn’t make me happy.
“The boy is trying hard but he has a problem against Barcelona. The scans show there is no injury so next day he trains, but the next day he is not comfortable. Then, 24 hours before the… we don’t know if he plays or doesn’t play.
“I won’t risk my reputation again. You asked me before last weekend and I told you he was ready to play. He wasn’t. I don’t know. I don’t risk saying yes, and I don’t risk saying no. On Friday at the next press conference I think I will tell you again that I don’t know.”
All appeared to be going fine for Costa until he picked up an injury against Barcelona in his club’s pre-season match on July 28th, 2015. He has gone on to miss the Community Shield match against Arsenal and Wednesday’s pre-season game against AS Fiorentina.
As the English Premier League action for the 2015/2016 season resumes this weekend, Jose Mourinho and other Chelsea faithfuls may have to keep faith in the other strikers; Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao.