Premier League champions Chelsea started their FA Cup campaign with an impressive 2-0 win against Scunthorpe United at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Diego Costa and youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored the goals for the Blues as Guus Hiddink’s men remain undefeated under the Dutch manager’s reign.
But the result came at a cost for the Blues as striker Diego Costa limped off the pitch after picking up a knock during the final stages of the game. The Brazil-born Spain international is a doubt for the upcoming league game against West Brom.
Costa’s injury has left Hiddink in a serious conundrum as backup strikers Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao have also been ruled out with injuries.
The Dutchman also provided status on Oscar’s injury, who had to be substituted at the half-time of the game.
He said: ‘Oscar had a little problem with his toe. He had a small inflammation which was very painful. Nevertheless, we would have taken off two or three players to bring youngsters on in the second half.‘
The assessment of Eden Hazard’s groin injury was also not too optimistic as Hiddink revealed that the Belgian star is expected to miss next couple of league games. Hiddink said: “We want to be cautious with Eden. We don’t want him to fall again with muscle problems.
“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.”
The Belgian star picked up a groin injury during the league win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Finally, Hiddink provided an update about Nemanja Matic, who missed the FA Cup due to a bizarre injury he suffered in the training session.
The Blues will face West Brom at Stamford Bridge in their next league game on Wednesday.