EPL: Diego Costa, Eden Hazard fit and raring to go as Blues play Boro today

Updated: Nov 20, 2016, 14:19 IST | AFP

Chelsea head to Middlesbrough on Sunday buoyed by the knowledge that star men Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have both passed fit ness test as the Blues resume EPL duty after the international break

Diego Costa and Eden Hazard
Diego Costa and Eden Hazard

London: Chelsea head to Middlesbrough on Sunday buoyed by the knowledge that star men Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have both passed fit ness test as the Blues resume EPL duty after the international break.

The pair was doubtful due to a groin injury and an unspecified knock respectively but manager Antonio Conte has confirmed they had each received the all clear as the West Londoners bid for a sixth straight Premier League win.

Costa's fitness was of particular concern after the forward suffered an injury at Everton which meant he missed Spain's international matches with Macedonia and England. But he is now at the service of Italian manager Conte, while midfielder Cesc Fabregas is also fully fit following a muscle problem.

Conte believes he is building a new-look side with his men second in the Premier League over the international break following the disappointment of failing to qualify for European football last season. "I see a chance to build something important with Chelsea here, a new method and philosophy," Conte said.

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