Soccer – Season could be over for striker Costa


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed injured Spain striker Diego Costa may not play again for the champions-elect this season.

The 26-year-old has not played for the capital giants since limping out of a 2-1 win against Stoke City at the start of April because of a hamstring injury and will not be involved when Chelsea host Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on Sunday targeting the three points that would secure Mourinho a third Premier League title – and first since arriving back at Stamford Bridge.
“No [he will not play against Palace], it isn’t worth the risk,” Mourinho told reporters in his press briefing. “In this process over the last month if we lose a game and we don’t want to lose the second he would be back immediately.
“So because the results in the last month were also victories and a draw against second [Arsenal] we don’t need to rush him. We are trying to give him maximum stability.”
Costa has scored 19 goals in 24 Premier League appearances but his debut campaign in England has been blighted by a spate of hamstring and thigh injuries, although Mourinho stressed the former Atletico Madrid talisman has not suffered a new setback.
Asked specifically if Costa would play again this season, the manager, who confirmed fellow striker Loic Remy is fit following a calf injury, replied: “There is a chance he might not.”
Chelsea are currently priced 4/11 by Bet365 in the match betting and the draw outcome is quoted 17/4. Crystal Palace are available to back at 9/1.