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Good news, bad news on Diego Costa's shin injury ahead of Arsenal clash

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First, the good news.  According to the Daily Mail (and others including PA Sport), Diego Costa did not break his tibia on Saturday.  That was speculated as the worst possible outcome of his emergency-ish trip to hospital after his early substitution against Everton — when, despite the pain, he still had the presence of mind to roll back onto the pitch to force a stoppage.

Chelsea breathed a huge sigh of relief on Sunday night after it emerged star striker Diego Costa has not suffered a leg break.

So it's just a bruised tibia, which is good news.

But the bad news is that he may still miss out on the weekend visit to Arsenal, which would be unfortunate.

Costa arrived at the club's Cobham HQ on Sunday for treatment and will undergo further tests on Monday to determine the full extent of the injury.  The striker is facing a race against time to prove his fitness for next weekend's Barclays Premier League clash against Arsenal.

Backup striker Loïc Rémy was seemingly back and recovered from his own latest injury troubles yesterday, but the confidence in him leading the line is just not the same as the confidence in Diego, especially a Diego who's scored five goals in his last five games.  And the continuing trend of having only one healthy striker available at any given time could force Chelsea into doing something rash, like sign Pato.

So hopefully this bruise won't keep Costa out for too long.