Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has become the latest person to question Jose Mourinho’s stance on Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
The Frenchman follows in the footsteps of La Liga expert Guillem Balague and Spanish journalist Alfredo Relano by suggesting that Mourinho has over-egged his striker’s reported injury struggles.
The Blues coach told the press last week that his side’s top scorer is currently unable to play three games a week due to a battle against fitness.
Interestingly, not only do Mourinho’s comments come just before the next international break, but the former Atletico Madrid star has been a consistent starter for the Blues both in the Premier League and in Europe.
Asked for his opinion on the matter ahead of the Gunners' showdown with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Wenger stated that the Premier League’s top scorer doesn’t look like he’s carrying an injury.
“Honestly, when you see him play it is not obvious (that he has an injury).” He said, quoted by the Daily Mail.
“He has had a problem with his hamstring for a long time and we saw that in the Champions League final but when I have seen him recently, it is difficult to guess that he has a hamstring problem.”
The Brazilian-born striker has been in fabulous form since making the £32 million move to West London during the summer, scoring eight league goals in his first six matches.
Costa’s performances and deadly finishing are in stark contrast to the Blues’ striker force from previous years, with many observers feeling that he will be the difference when deciding the league title come the end of the season.