Chelsea are suffering anxiety over the fitness of Diego Costa after the striker pulled up in training on Wednesday with a possible hamstring problem, reports the Guardian. The Spanish international has enjoyed a successful opening 2 Premier League games for Chelsea this season, scoring a goal against Burnley and one against Leicester City.
However, Costa could face weeks on the sidelines, should Chelsea fears be realised and he have suffered a severe muscle pull. Hamstring injuries are notoriously unwise to ignore or play through, so the 25 year old is at least likely to miss this weekend’s clash with Everton.
Didier Drogba is expected to step in as Costa’s replacement, although Jose Mourinho will not want to rely too heavily upon the 36 year old. Until now Drogba has been used as a substitute during the latter stages of both Chelsea wins, but it remains to be seen whether the aging forward can perform at the required levels for a full 90 minutes.
Torres remains the Blues’ third choice striker, and could yet feature at the weekend. However, the Spaniard has become heavily linked with a loan move to AC Milan within the past few days, which might go ahead regardless of the Costa injury.
Having sold Romelu Lukaku to Everton already this summer, Mourinho could be facing a slight striker crisis within the last week of the transfer window. The club are not expected to act until the severity of Costa’s injury has been confirmed, but it is not out of the question that the Blues will enter back into the transfer market this summer, in search of another forward.