Diego Costa will miss Chelsea’s next four matches with a hamstring injury, including the potentially crucial clash against Arsenal.
Jose Mourinho confirmed in his press conference on Friday that Costa would only return in time for the final four matches of the season.
Costa missed his recent international duty with Spain, but returned to action with the Blues against Stoke last weekend – only to hobble off a few minutes after coming on as a substitute.
He will miss the upcoming matches against QPR, Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester City, but is expected to be back for the Blues’ last four games of the season against Crystal Palace, Liverpool, West Brom and Sunderland. Chelsea’s key striker Costa had been desperately hoping to make the 26th April crunch clash against Arsenal in particular.
The Gunners have emerged as unlikely title contenders after a run of sparkling form of late, and Costa had been itching to go up against the second-placed side.