Chelsea star striker returns from injury to face QPR tonight
Cobham: Jose Mourinho said yesterday that star striker Diego Costa would return for Premier League leaders Chelsea's all-London clash at home to strugglers Queens Park Rangers today.
"It is good for us," Mourinho told a news conference at Chelsea's training ground in Cobham, south-west of London.
Chelsea’s Diego Costa
"It's difficult when you only have one striker available, but when you have two the situation improves," the Blues' manager added.
But Mourinho said he feared the striker could again suffer injury problems if, as expected, he is called up by Spain for the forthcoming round of international fixtures.
Costa has missed Chelsea's last four matches after returning from international duty with hamstring and groin problems after appearing in all but eight minutes of Spain's back to back fixtures with Slovakia and Luxemburg.
Mourinho made it clear he blamed the way Costa had been handled by his national team for his injuries, insisting the player must be managed carefully while he recovers from a long standing hamstring problem.
With Spain facing another double-header in the middle of November — they play Belarus in a Euro 2016 qualifier on November 15 before taking on world champions Germany in a friendly two days later — there is a possibility of the club versus country row being reignited.
With Costa back in the side, Didier Drogba is likely to return to the bench after scoring three goals in his last three games.