Diego Costa returns to Chelsea squad for QPR clash

Diego Costa

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that forward Diego Costa will play against Queens Park Rangers tomorrow after missing the last few games with injury.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is available for tomorrow's game with Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho has confirmed. 

The Chelsea boss has also said that Ramires returns to the squad but John Obi Mikel is unavailable, whilst Loic Remy is still out with a groin injury.

On Costa's return to the side, Mourinho said: "It is good for us. It's difficult when you only have one striker available, but when you have two the situation improves."

It was evident there are some concerns surrounding Costa when he plays for his national side, given his hamstring problems are well documented, but said he had 'nothing to say' on any club-versus-country row that could be brewing.

"He played for the national team and we lost him for four matches. Crystal Palace, Maribor, Shrewsbury and Manchester United, four matches in three different competitions.

"Now he is again available but he needs to be under special care.

"I'm always supportive of players playing for their countries when they are in the condition to do so. But I'm nobody to stand in the way of the national team, I can't stop him going away with his country."

The Spain international is likely to replace Didier Drogba, who has scored three goals in the last three games in Costa's absence.

Mourinho said it will be a fantastic problem for him to have when Loic Remy returns given the form that Drogba has shown on his return to Stamford Bridge.

He said: "The perfect problem is when Remy is back, that's the perfect problem to have all three. When we made that group of three at the start of the season, we think we did well."

There was further praise for Didier Drogba for his role in the past three games for Chelsea, when he perhaps wasn't expecting to play two games within 48 hours when he re-signed for the club in the summer.

Mourinho added: "He has been fantastic for us in the last week when we were in real trouble, without Diego and without Remy. He had to do what no one should do - play 90 minutes of football with 48 hours difference and he managed to do that in a fabulous way."

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