Guus Hiddink makes joke in light of Diego Costa injury, thoughts on Zouma and Remy

Guus Hiddink

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink addressed the media ahead of his side's clash with Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink expects his in form striker Diego Costa to be available for tomorrow evening's game against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge, despite the striker breaking his nose in training. 

Hiddink ruled out that teammate Oscar was the culprit after previous reports of an altercation between the two on the training ground, and explained it was a clash of heads that caused the injury in a duel with a player from the academy who had been invited to take part in the session.

At his pre-match press conference, as shown on the Chelsea website, Hiddink joked about the injury when he said Costa may have to play in a mask.

He said: "He [Costa] will return today because today is the day they put on a mask so we are a team with a lot of masks. A kind of Zorro team.

"I think he will be available but we will see how he react's on this afternoon's very light sessions."

Hiddink was also asked about the welfare of Kurt Zouma, who underwent surgery after sustaining a serious knee injury in the draw against Manchester United, which is set to keep him sidelined for several months, with the Chelsea boss particularly sad because of the form he was showing, and that he will be unable to represent France at Euro 2016.

"It's a tragedy for him, just in a period where I think he was improving on all aspects of his game."  

Hiddink was also asked about the possibility of Loic Remy leaving the club to go and play in China, whose league has been the subject of many big money transfers in recent weeks, but Hiddink expects the forward to remain at Stamford Bridge.

"I think this squad that we have now will stay until the end of the season - we must be very careful, we love to have double covered positions."

He also suggested that Alexandre Pato could be in contention in a weeks' time after continuing to build his fitness following his loan signing from Corinthians, with Hiddink saying the Brazilian is progressing well.

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