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EPL: Guus Hiddink counting on Diego Costa despite a broken nose

London: Diego Costa will face a late test to prove his fitness ahead of Chelsea's meeting with Newcastle United this weekend after the forward broke his nose in training.

Diego Costa
Diego Costa

The Spain striker clashed heads with Fikayo Tomori, one of Chelsea's U-21 players who had been invited to train with the first team.

Costa, who has scored seven goals in his last nine games, will be fitted with a protective mask and Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink admitted he would not be able to confirm the player's availability until he has successfully come through a training session. "Diego got in a duel and had his nose broken," said Hiddink.

"It was one of the youngsters of the academy who we like to join in with us. It was not a tough duel, but he put his nose on the back of the kid's head.

"He was very unlucky and his nose was broken. He will return today.

"It was just a small incident, just a duel. But it's very fragile when you hit your nose on the back of the head of a firm young man. I think he will be available.

We'll see how he reacts this afternoon in a very light session, but I hope — I'm not sure - that he will be available."

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