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Birthdate:  October 7, 1988    Birthplace:  Lagarto, Brazil    Nationality:  Spain    Height:  6' 2"    Weight:  187 lbs    Show ContractHide Contract


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Transferred from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea FC in July 2014.

September 29, 2014    Diego Costa News

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Costa will start Chelsea's Champions League match at Sporting CP on Tuesday, manager Jose Mourinho confirmed Monday. "Diego starts," he said. "Hopefully he plays again on Sunday, against Arsenal, but at the moment I don't think about Arsenal, I think about Sporting and Diego starts tomorrow."

Mourinho previously stated that Costa is essentially not training due to an ongoing muscle injury and that he would not play him three times in seven days. The Arsenal match would be his third in eight days after Chelsea beat Aston Villa last Saturday, so it wouldn't be surprising if Costa was taken off rather early in Tuesday's tie if Chelsea go up.

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Diego Costa: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

September 29, 2014

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said after Saturday's match against Aston Villa that Costa is barely training due to an ongoing muscle concern. "I know for a striker scoring goals is always nice for his confidence, especially for a player like him, who is not training as he should because we are protecting him in certain situations," Mourinho said. "He's doing almost nothing (between matches), just resting and recovering from a tight muscle he has every time he accumulates fatigue. If he doesn't go to the national team and stays here for 15 days, just in treatment, recovering and making the muscle stronger, he has the perfect chance to be in top condition for Chelsea and the national team."

With the international break coming up, Mourinho is making a rather blatant veiled request to the Spanish football association to keep Costa out due to his ongoing issues. Despite barely training, Costa leads the Premier League with eight goals in six matches. After playing last Saturday, it's certainly possible that Costa is rested for Tuesday's Champions League match at Sporting CP before returning to face Arsenal in Premier League play this Saturday. If he is rested, Loic Remy will likely start in his place, with Didier Drogba a potential late-game sub.

September 28, 2014

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Costa scored in the 59th minute of Chelsea's 3-0 Premier League win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Costa has been red hot to start the season, scoring eight goals in his first five Premier League matches. He almost had one earlier in the game but Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan came up with a big diving save. Costa eventually came off in the 81st minute and with a home match against Arsenal next weekend, he could be rested for Tuesday's Champions League match at Sporting CP.

September 26, 2014

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho confirmed Friday that Costa will start Saturday's Premier League match against Aston Villa. "Diego plays tomorrow and starts without problems," Mourinho said. "The question is always the same; can he finish the game and be in condition to play in Lisbon 48 hours later?"

Costa was held scoreless in last weekend's Premier League match against Manchester City, but he still leads the league with seven goals in five matches. Mourinho had previously said that Costa won't be playing three matches in a seven-day period, so if he does play against Sporting CP on Tuesday in the Champions League, it seems unlikely that he would start the following weekend against Arsenal.

September 19, 2014

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho confirmed Friday that Costa will start Sunday against Manchester City. "Diego is not in the best condition but he will start the game," Mourinho said. "He plays this game, he won't play against Bolton (in the Capital One Cup) and he plays against Aston Villa."

Mourinho said earlier this week that Costa is unable to start multiple matches in a single week due to a muscle concern, which is why he was used as a late sub in Chelsea's Champions League match against Schalke 04 on Wednesday. However, he looks to be good to go for Sunday's huge match, though he could be limited to fewer than 90 minutes.

September 18, 2014

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said that Costa is not fit enough to start more than one match a week, reports Sky Sports.

Costa came on as a substitute in Chelsea's draw with Schalke after scoring three goals against Swansea on Saturday. The forward suffered a hamstring injury last year, and Mourinho suggested that issue continues to plague the player.

September 14, 2014

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Costa bagged a hat trick in Chelsea's 4-2 win over Swansea City on Saturday.

Despite a question mark coming into the match due to a hamstring injury suffered over the international break, Costa was magnificent yet again, increasing his season goal-total to seven in four matches. Costa's sterling play will need to continue, with Chelsea visiting Manchester City next Sunday.

September 13, 2014

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Costa (hamstring) made the starting XI for Saturday's game against Swansea.

Costa was a game-time decision for manager Jose Mourinho for the second Premier League match day in a row and fantasy managers that left him out will be cursing their luck after the Spaniard made the starting lineup.