All the latest Chelsea news including Diego Costa's fitness, Gary Cahill's comments and Shrewsbury Town reaction.
Spain doctor Juan Jose Garcia Cota has attempted to clarify the injury ambiguity that surrounds Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
A hamstring complaint has seemingly hounded the penalty-box predator since he swapped Atletico Madrid for the Blues, yet the injury was long deemed minor as he continued to be fielded by manager Jose Mourinho.
Rest periods were key in order for the player to compete during match-days and a call-up to Spain and consequent playing time reportedly frustrated Mourinho, as the striker returned to Stamford Bridge in a worse state.
Rather than the hamstring issue, Costa is apparently suffering from a groin injury.
"This time he didn’t say anything about the hamstring," Cota told IBTimes UK. "When Costa arrived to the international team he said to us he had a minor hassle in the groin but that it was nothing important.
"He probably had played with it before for Chelsea and he didn’t complain any more about it during the international duty."
Cota added: “Indeed, after the game, I sent a medical report to Chelsea, stating that he had arrived to the national team with a very minor hassle in the groin but that he hadn’t got anything new. Costa himself didn’t give it any importance.”
Costa will likely be available for selection against Queens Park Rangers this weekend… but is he guaranteed a starting role?
That is the question Gary Cahill is implying as the English defender has lauded the contributions of Didier Drogba in Costa's absence.
“Does Diego have a battle to get in the team? We have options, not just up front but all over the pitch. It’s great,” the defender said.
“To have the three strikers in form, Loic scored before he was injured, to have them all back fit and scoring is vital," Cahill is quoted by Standard to have said. "Didier has made a statement over the last week with playing games. We’ve seen in the last two matches that he’s fully fit now.
“He is looking dangerous, like he was before he went [in 2012]. He has been massive for us, led by example at Shrewsbury and got a vital goal for us.
“Who knows how long he can play on for? That’s for the club and Didier to decide. Diego has been playing the majority of the games up till now but Didier is fit and sharp.”
Chelsea were recently criticised for lacking a killer instinct after failing to oversee Manchester United - and the club were even spared embarrassment as they were almost held by lowly Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup.
One of their players, Liam Lawrence, believe the Blues showed vulnerability in the midweek clash at Greenhous Meadow.
"As soon as we scored, you could sense a bit of blood. Even Jose Mourinho, if he's an honest man, could sense things weren't going his way," he is quoted by BBC to have said.
"So he brought on the team that played Manchester United on Sunday. Willian and Nemanja Matic are incredible players. But that's all credit to everyone at Shrewsbury Town for giving them such a game."