Chelsea striker Diego Costa and midfielder Oscar were involved in a training bust-up today.
Various reports claimed that the confrontation got to the level where both players had to be restrained by the coaching staff and teammates.
The incident happened after Oscar’s hefty knee-high challenge on Costa during an intense training session at Cobham training ground. Oscar’s challenge followed an earlier tackle by Costa himself which Oscar took offense with.
Telegraph Sports quotes a source present at the training ground: “Oscar’s challenge was outrageous, it was straight into the knee of Costa and could have done him some real damage. That sparked a brawl between them and the other players had to stop it.”
Both players are reported to have already settled their differences, and they left the training ground together, laughing as they went.
Oscar tried to address the speculations regarding the incident by tweeting the following message:
It looks like water is under the bridge for the moment, but it remains to be seen whether manager Guus Hiddink or the club will take any action regarding the incident.
Both players have recently hit a green patch of form under manager Guus Hiddink, after suffering an underwhelming first half of the season, but, it’s highly likely that they will be given rest for the FA Cup tie against Scunthorpe on Sunday.
It was yet another controversy for Diego Costa this season, and it remains to be seen whether the Blues want to keep him at Stamford Bridge amid interest from his previous club Atletico Madrid.
The 27-year-old returned overweight from summer break, and then he received severe criticism for his scuffle with Arsenal defender Gabriel and finally he was involved in a bust-up with former manager Jose Mourinho.
Blues manager Hiddink admitted that the pair squared up to one another. “It was overdone. Oscar is not the biggest tackler. They stumbled over the ground, stood up as a normal reaction and chested a bit, without a more serious reaction. We came in between but there is no need to say we avoided them hitting.”
“It’s a shame the photographer was on break yesterday, he could have taken pictures of the two bulls who were chesting a bit, the little bull took a charge from behind. We had an intense, very sharp session, it was on the edge. Afterwards, Oscar apologised to the team, and they started laughing.”
“Oscar and Diego Costa solved the argument themselves, we are happy. It’s no problem at all.”