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Mourinho: Costa not fit to play three matches a week

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Clive Rose

The 1-1 draw against Schalke was particularly frustrating for the extraordinary number and variety of missed chances than Chelsea managed to create and then squander. For a side that's almost forgotten what it's like not having a centre forward who sticks those opportunities away, it was a bit of a rude awakening. But there was a good reason that Diego Costa didn't feature for the Blues in our Champions League opener. I'll let Jose Mourinho explain.

Costa has a problem and he can’t play three matches in a row at the moment. If he has one week to let the muscle recover he can start a game, like he did after picking up the problem with the national team. But, after playing on Saturday three days is not enough time for him to recover.

Source: ChelseaFC.com.

This lack of fitness is to do with the injury Costa sustained with Spain during the international break, and while everyone's glad that he can do 90 minutes a week, I think we'd all be a lot happier if we could rely on our ace to be at least hypothetically available to start in every match. Instead, it looks like we'll simply be squeezing as much out of a partially-fit player as possible, which is 100 percent guaranteed to go well.

So that's Costa explained (although I wouldn't have wanted to field him today anyway, with Manchester City on the horizon). Why Didier Drogba started over Loïc Rémy is another matter entirely, and I don't think we can ascribe that one to injuries. Ah well -- I'd guess that the Frenchman will get his chance against Bolton in the League Cup next week.