By Coral Barry
Diego Costa has been rushed to hospital for scans on a shin injury sustained in Chelsea’s 3-3 Premier League thriller with Everton on Saturday.
The controversial striker scored a goal and supplied an assist as Chelsea fought back from 2-0 down before limping off at the 80-minute mark with the score at 2-2.
Initially, it appeared that Costa had gone down holding his calf but manager Guus Hiddink revealed afterwards that he had a shin problem.
“He’s in the hospital now for a scan but we don’t know the result,” explained Hiddink at his post-match media conference. “It’s on his shin. He was in a lot of pain but as soon as we know what is in the report we will put it out there.
“We hope Diego will come out in good health.”
Chelsea’s twitter account posted this shortly after the game.
Guus reports that Diego Costa is in hospital having a painful shin injury assessed. He hopes the injury isn't too bad. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 16, 2016
Costa has scored five goals in five games under Hiddink and the Blues boss cannot afford to lose the striker to a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Hiddink confirmed that despite his lack of options, Chelsea were not in negotiations with any club over signing a new striker.
Chelsea’s next match against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on 24 January.