Costa, Hazard set for spell on the sidelines

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been listed as doubtful for Wednesday’s clash with West Bromwich Albion, while midfielder Eden Hazard may be out for the next two games. 

Costa injured himself during towards the end of Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Scunthorpe United in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday. The 27-year-old scored the Blues’ first goal before he was seen limping off in the closing stages of the match.

Hazard meanwhile is still recovering from a groin injury he sustained during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on January 3.

Chelsea will also be sweating over the fitness of Oscar as the 24-year-old midfielder injured his toe during the game on Sunday.

Blues manager Guus Hiddink confirmed that Costa is “doubtful” to feature in the West Bromwich game and added that he wants to give Hazard more time to recover.

“We want to be cautious with Eden. We don’t want him to fall again with muscle problems,” Hiddink told reporters. “I want to be careful with him so that he doesn’t start too early. It will maybe be a week later [than necessary] rather than too early.”

Speaking about his side’s performance, Hiddink was pleased with the way Chelsea started as they put themselves ahead early on. However, he also admitted that his side let their guard down after going 1-0 up and left themselves vulnerable.

“There were some vulnerabilities in the second half, it’s true. So in that way we have to improve,” he said. “We scored a beautiful goal and then we got a bit sloppy finishing it off.

“They were still in the game and there was a big threat from free-kicks and corners. As long as it was 1-0 the threat was actual for us.

“This was an important game for us. We are very determined to go on and get silverware at the end and that’s why you have to play these difficult games.”

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