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Costa ‘risk’ fails to pay off for Chelsea

Diego Costa was forced off injured as Chelsea beat Stoke yesterday

Jose Mourinho was left lamenting his luck after Diego Costa suffered a recurrence of his hamstring problem during Chelsea’s 2-1 Premier League win over Stoke City.

 Costa had withdrawn from international duty with Spain last week but was deemed fit enough by Chelsea’s medical team to make yesterday’s squad. Mourinho brought the Brazilian off the bench at half time, with the score level at 1-1, but he limped off after only 11 minutes on the pitch.

"If my medical department decides to take four weeks to recover Diego this would not happen but in football we need risks," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "I risk sometimes, as a manager in a result I don't like.

 "We played more offensive and if the opponent scores I don't kill myself for that. But in all the scans they did two days ago the muscle was clear, the image was clear and the player trained twice 100 per cent, when he did much more than he did today.”


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