Diego Costa has returned to form since Guus Hiddink was appointed manager

By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes

Diego Costa has broken his nose in training – but is still set to spearhead the Chelsea attack against Newcastle on Saturday.

Manager Guus Hiddink revealed the break happened in training on Thursday and came as a result of an accident involving Costa and youth-team player Fikayo Tomori.

Hiddink revealed that Costa will become the latest Chelsea player to be fitted with a face mask as he prepares to start against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking at his media briefing on Friday, Hiddink revealed: “The only thing is that, yesterday in training, Diego got in a duel and had his nose broken.

“It was one of the youngsters of the academy who we like to participate. It was not a tough duel, but he put his nose on the back of the kid’s head.

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“He was very unlucky and his nose was broken. He will return today. They’ll try and give him a mask as well… we are a team with a lot of masks.”

Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and Nemanja Matic have all worn masks after injuries this season. John Terry and Demba Ba are among the players that have worn one in previous seasons.

Guus Hiddink will be appointed caretaker Chelsea manager until the end of the season
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Hiddink added: “We are a Zorro team… Azpi, Matic, now Diego. He will come back and do some light training in the afternoon because he must experience how he deals with the mask. Then he will join us in the hotel later on.

“It was just a small incident, just a duel. But it’s very fragile when you hit your nose on the back of the head of a firm young man. I think he will be available. We’ll see how he reacts this afternoon in a very light session, but I hope – I’m not sure – that he will be available.”


It is the latest incident of an eventful season involving the striker, who had training ground bust-up with team-mate Oscar last month.