Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he is still unsure whether star striker Diego Costa will be available for the first game of the season, Daily Mail reports.
Costa sustained a hamstring injury during the Blues’s pre-season clash against Barcelona last week, and the Spain international subsequently missed the 1-0 Community Shield loss to Arsenal on Sunday.
The former Atletico Madrid hitman has struggled with reoccurring hamstring issues for much of last season, and it looks as if the trend has continued over to the new campaign.
The Premier League champions face Swansea in their opening fixture this coming weekend, and Blues manager Mourinho has claimed that he has no idea whether the 26-year-old will be able to lead the line come match-day.
He said: “Will Costa be fit for Swansea? I don’t know. You think I’m lying, but I’m not. Two days ago he was ready to play and yesterday he trained normal.
“The next time you ask me about Costa’s fitness, I prefer not to answer. Maybe yes, maybe no.”
If Costa is unavailable for the Swans clash, Mourinho is likely to deploy Loic Remy as the lone front man, with the France international starting the Community Shield clash against the Gunners.
Costa scored 20 goals in 26 league appearances for Chelsea last season, despite his injury troubles.