Costa won’t go underknife says Mourinho

Diego Costa will not need an operation
to solve his ongoing hamstring problem, Jose
Mourinho claimed, as the Chelsea manager also
insisted the forward will be selected for
Saturday’s home match against Stoke City. Costa sat out Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifying win
over Ukraine and then the 2-0 friendly defeat to
the Netherlands over the last week, but
Mourinho insisted that the best way to deal
with the situation is with Chelsea’s current
approach. “To work as he does in the season, in
prevention to make the muscle stronger, but at
the same time elastic and flexible,” the Chelsea
boss said. “Recover well with no big accumulation of
fatigue. This is what we do. We don’t believe in
operations. Our medical department and myself,
we believe an operation is the last resort for
every injury, so we try and be conservative, to
train and recover and try and compensate the problems. “I don’t believe we’ll ever go in the surgery
direction. “It was the same injury, a hamstring, and he
dedicated himself to recovering,” Mourinho said
of Costa’s international absence. “No days off, the medical department were
saying. Morning, afternoon, working hard. We
can say we did all the tests and scans to
confirm, two days ago, scientifically the
situation and at this moment the muscle is fine. “But football is more than that: you need
confidence, to believe that you don’t need to
break your intensity and are free to express
yourself at the maximum intensity, and that’s
our doubt. “We’ll see the next 24 hours. But selected?
That’s for sure.” – Hazard set to start – Mourinho also expects Eden Hazard to start
against Stoke, despite complaints of fatigue
during the week following the international
break. The forward was involved in Belgium’s 5-0 win
over Cyprus, and then the 1-0 win over Israel,
in their Euro 2016 qualifying group. “Hazard is tired because he played two matches
in three days because he played in Israel,
travelled, didn’t sleep, arrived in Belgium 5am or
6am, and he’s been playing. “We think he can recover in these couple of
days, but he plays tomorrow. That’s football.” Otherwise, Chelsea have no injuries, but John
Obi Mikel is not yet fit enough to be involved. Mourinho also claimed the title race has now
extended to four teams, given how tight the
top is, and refused to do what he did in
2004-05 and predict a date Chelsea would win
the league. “Four [teams] now,” Mourinho said, with the
two Manchester clubs and Arsenal all giving
chase. “Look at the points difference. You have to say
four now. Not five, because there’s a gap from
fourth to fifth and, with eight matches to go,
that’s a difficult game from first to fifth. “But the points difference between second,
third and fourth makes me think and feel that
they are there. “We need six victories and one draw from nine
matches. A good situation for us, and one all the
other clubs would like to have. But it’s pure
mathematics. We need to win six matches and
draw one. We need to do that, and we haven’t
done it yet.” Asked whether he could put a date on the day
they’d win the league, he said it’s “too early”. “But if we’re champions in the last match, I’m
more than happy with that. I’m not thinking
about how or when. I’m just thinking that we
need to win six matches and draw one. “Every victory we have now is one victory less
that we need, and one less occasion for our
opponents to reach us. We have to go.”

Diego Costa will not need an operation
to solve his ongoing hamstring problem, Jose
Mourinho claimed, as the Chelsea manager also
insisted the forward will be selected for
Saturday’s home match against Stoke City. Costa sat out Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifying win
over Ukraine and then the 2-0 friendly defeat to
the Netherlands over the last week, but
Mourinho insisted that the best way to deal
with the situation is with Chelsea’s current
approach. “To work as he does in the season, in
prevention to make the muscle stronger, but at
the same time elastic and flexible,” the Chelsea
boss said. “Recover well with no big accumulation of
fatigue. This is what we do. We don’t believe in
operations. Our medical department and myself,
we believe an operation is the last resort for
every injury, so we try and be conservative, to
train and recover and try and compensate the problems. “I don’t believe we’ll ever go in the surgery
direction. “It was the same injury, a hamstring, and he
dedicated himself to recovering,” Mourinho said
of Costa’s international absence. “No days off, the medical department were
saying. Morning, afternoon, working hard. We
can say we did all the tests and scans to
confirm, two days ago, scientifically the
situation and at this moment the muscle is fine. “But football is more than that: you need
confidence, to believe that you don’t need to
break your intensity and are free to express
yourself at the maximum intensity, and that’s
our doubt. “We’ll see the next 24 hours. But selected?
That’s for sure.” – Hazard set to start – Mourinho also expects Eden Hazard to start
against Stoke, despite complaints of fatigue
during the week following the international
break. The forward was involved in Belgium’s 5-0 win
over Cyprus, and then the 1-0 win over Israel,
in their Euro 2016 qualifying group. “Hazard is tired because he played two matches
in three days because he played in Israel,
travelled, didn’t sleep, arrived in Belgium 5am or
6am, and he’s been playing. “We think he can recover in these couple of
days, but he plays tomorrow. That’s football.” Otherwise, Chelsea have no injuries, but John
Obi Mikel is not yet fit enough to be involved. Mourinho also claimed the title race has now
extended to four teams, given how tight the
top is, and refused to do what he did in
2004-05 and predict a date Chelsea would win
the league. “Four [teams] now,” Mourinho said, with the
two Manchester clubs and Arsenal all giving
chase. “Look at the points difference. You have to say
four now. Not five, because there’s a gap from
fourth to fifth and, with eight matches to go,
that’s a difficult game from first to fifth. “But the points difference between second,
third and fourth makes me think and feel that
they are there. “We need six victories and one draw from nine
matches. A good situation for us, and one all the
other clubs would like to have. But it’s pure
mathematics. We need to win six matches and
draw one. We need to do that, and we haven’t
done it yet.” Asked whether he could put a date on the day
they’d win the league, he said it’s “too early”. “But if we’re champions in the last match, I’m
more than happy with that. I’m not thinking
about how or when. I’m just thinking that we
need to win six matches and draw one. “Every victory we have now is one victory less
that we need, and one less occasion for our
opponents to reach us. We have to go.”

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