Antonio Conte handed boost over Chelsea star’s fitness

Published by on November 17, 2016

Chelsea have been handed a massive boost with the news that Diego Costa will be available this weekend, reports the Sun.

The Spain international missed international duty with a groin injury but he should be back to face Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

Antonio Conte must approach the game with caution – after all, it’s only a matter of weeks since ‘Boro held in-form Arsenal to a 0-0 draw.

Costa’s return will have the Blues feeling much more confident, however, and while there’s no value in him scoring in 90 minutes – that’s at 8/11 – he’s at 11/4 to be the first scorer.


The 28-year-old is the club’s top-scorer this season with nine goals.

Conte’s unlikely to play him for the full game, which means his side could be more reliant on Eden Hazard. There’s decent value in the Belgian, who’s at 4/1 to score a brace against the Premier League strugglers.

Chelsea are hoping to go top, dependent on other results, with a win.