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Jose Mourinho gives Diego Costa injury update, reveals Falcao plans

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Our plan to manage Diego Costa's hamstrings through some sort of non-surgical treatment and training regimen this season seems to have gotten off to a rather poor start.  Despite getting as much rest as possible in the summer (outside of playing in some random futsal tournament in Kuwait), Costa's hamstring issues already resurfaced in the friendly last week against Barcelona.

"Two days ago he was ready to play. When I told you two days ago he was ready to play he was ready to play. He trained normally on Friday and yesterday at the end of the training session he said he was not feeling good."

-Jose Mourinho; source: Chelsea FC

After the Barca game, it seemed like the injury was minor, and we shut him down more as a precaution than anything else.  Costa's participation in full training would seem to indicate that as well.  Unfortunately, as we know far too well by now, hamstrings are very easy to re-injure.

"Will Costa be fit for Swansea? I don't know. You think I'm lying, but I'm not."

-Jose Mourinho; source: West London Sport

And that doesn't sound too promising at all.  So, for now, the baton passes to Falcao and Loic Remy, in whichever order.

"But Falcao will have had a bit more football, he will play against Fiorentina from the start. We have Remy too, so if we don't have Diego I am happy with the strikers I have."

-Jose Mourinho; source: Chelsea FC

Remy got the start against Arsenal, indicating he's remained second-choice for the moment.  But both backups played on Sunday in an effort to gain more match sharpness (which they both need), each striker getting 45 minutes to try to influence the game.

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