Chelsea boss, Guus Hiddink says that he may rest Diego Costa in one of the Premier League Champions’ next two games.
Chelsea face Norwich on Tuesday night at Carrow Road (7.45) with the potential resting of Costa being nothing but good news for the beleaguered Canary defence.
Chelsea have a massively important Champions League game next week against PSG – a game they simply have to win as the top four looks beyond them, so the potential to rest some key players is obvious. Chelsea play Stoke next Saturday though and surely that would be the obvious game to rest Costa in. We haven’t had a lot of luck this season – so I expect to see Diego!
Talking at his pre-game presser, Hiddink had this to say about Costa and his Captain, John Terry. He also says that January signing, Alexandre Pato is now fit enough to make his debut, although that will most likely be from the bench.
‘He (Pato) is eager and we now have the strikers where there is a healthy competition in a very good atmosphere,’ said the experienced Dutchman, who acknowledged he could rest Diego Costa during the next few games.
‘Diego is number one but the others have stepped up, I’m happy, for instance, with Bertrand Traore. Although he’s a young guy, the others might have more status, but I’m not looking at that.
‘At the moment to be fair to everyone, [the younger players] are a bit ahead [of Pato] at this moment because I like fair competition and fairness among themselves.
‘But he and Remy are also in a position to compete. Pato is not ready for 90 minutes but he is able to play a part of the game. We consider also the chances for some of the younger guys.
‘We’ll see this afternoon what the damage is for the injured players.’
Captain John Terry hasn’t played since the demolition of Newcastle before the break and Hiddink is unsure if he is ready for a return to action just yet.
‘We’ll see how we react and if he needs a game we might organise a game, an intense game. Maybe he needs 11 vs 11 at Cobham or maybe six versus six or seven versus seven but with intensity. It’s very tight, it’s very tight (if he will be fully fit),’ said the Dutchman.
‘If the medical staff says (he can feature against Norwich on Tuesday) and John says so then I’ll be careful because I have the experience in the past with these kind of injuries.
‘Someone thinks ‘I’m fine, I feel okay’, but the demands of the game are a little bit different than, although it’s heavy, training. I prefer to wait although everyone is knocking on the door, I prefer to wait especially in relation to the games coming up.’