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Chelsea injury update: Costa's broken nose, Falcao still out; Pato 'to be back next weekend'

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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink addressed the press ahead of our next game against Newcastle in the Premier League, and gave an update on the general fitness state of our squad. Firstly, Hiddink revealed that Costa will join the club of the Blues' Masked Man as he broke his nose in a training session yesterday.

While Radamel Falcao is still recovering, Hiddink is confident that Alexandre Pato will be ready to get back on the pitch next weekend.  That's a much better prognosis than what we'd been hearing up to this point.

Hiddink also said that injuries to players such as Kurt Zouma are very unfortunate, but that they could also open up space for young players to emerge in the first-team.

Given the evidence, the last part is certainly easier said than done. But with the squad options getting thinner and the winter transfer window shut, maybe Hiddink's words will turn out to be more than wishful thinking this time around.