May 01, 2015 13:13:23 UK
There is a chance Spain striker Diego Costa will not play again this season for champions-elect Chelsea, manager Jose Mourinho has suggested.
The former Atletico Madrid talisman has scored 19 Premier League goals this season but has not played since suffering his latest hamstring injury against Stoke City at the start of April.
“It isn’t worth the risk. There is a chance he might not play before the end of the season.”
Mourinho said the 26-year-old will not be risked against Crystal Palace on Sunday and warned he may have played his last game this season, but stressed he had not suffered a new setback.
“It isn’t worth the risk,” the manager told reporters in his Friday press briefing. “There is a chance he might not play before the end of the season.”
The west Londoners need three more points from their four remaining games and victory over Alan Pardew’s men on Sunday would secure a fourth Premier League trophy in 11 seasons.
“We are calm,” he said. “We need two or three points to be champions. Let’s say three to make sure you don’t depend on goal difference.
“Obviously we want to finish as soon as possible. If we can finish it at home, on Sunday, even better. That’s what we have in our minds.”
The 52-year-old is on course for this third Premier League title – and first since arriving back at Stamford Bridge – but revealed he had no special plans in place if they are crowned champions on Sunday.
He said: “I will go home. As you can imagine we have nothing prepared. So normally I finish the game and I go home.”
Chelsea are currently priced 1.36 in the match betting and the draw outcome is quoted 5.25. Crystal Palace are available to back at 10.00.
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