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Chelsea Mystified By Diego Costa’s Ongoing Hamstring Issues

diego-costa-2Diego Costa will miss the beginning of the campaign this weekend thanks to his long-running hamstring problem, and boss Jose Mourinho admitted:

“Costa is not ready. It is not a good feeling for him, it is not a good feeling for me.”

The international’s absence leaves the champions desperately short of strikers just two days before their season-opening home match against Swansea.

The Londoners’ top scorer last season, Costa missed the title run-in with a hamstring injury – the same problem which dogged his final months at before his £32m move to Stamford Bridge a year ago.

Mourinho admits the injury is a mystery as it does not show up on scans — and the Blues do not know when he will be able to play again.

t leaves with Loic Remy and on-loan Radamel Falcao as their striking options for Saturday, and is a major worry for the reigning champions.

“I have to be honest and say that it is a bit of a concern,” said Mourinho. “A player that didn’t finish the season and [then] doesn’t start the season obviously doesn’t make me happy.

“The boy is trying hard but he has a problem against [in the friendly last Tuesday]. The scans show there is no injury so next day he trains, but the next day [after that] he is not comfortable.

“Then, 24 hours before the game [last Sunday’s Community Shield loss to Arsenal], we don’t know if he plays or doesn’t play.”

Costa had hamstring problems in his last season with Atletico Madrid and it impacted his performance in the final and . For that same injury to be still impacting him over a year later is really unusual.

But if Chelsea are to retain their title they need to get Costa fit, as Rmey and Falcao are not the long term answer.