Chelsea FC striker Diego Costa is expected to return to the starting line-up for the Blues when they take on FC Porto on Tuesday, with his three-match suspension only applicable to domestic fixtures

 

Jos Mourinho will be delighted to welcome his first-choice striker Diego Costa back to the starting line-up ahead of a tricky test against FC Porto in the Blues’ UEFA Champions League Group G fixture on Tuesday.

The rest of the Chelsea FC squad has been given a clean bill of health, with Willian recovering from a minor injury picked up in the Blues’ opening Champions League game against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, and making an impressive cameo against Newcastle United on Saturday.

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Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury, with Bosnia & Herzegovina international Asmir Begovi expected to continue in the Chelsea FC goal.

At his pre-match press conference ahead of the game, Jos Mourinho was asked whether he would like having 11 players who showed the same intensity and fight as Diego Costa, to which the Portuguese replied (via Telegraph UK): “I think we would lose every game because the desire to suspend him is so big we wouldn’t have players to start the game. So I’m happy we have only one and let him play until they decide to suspend him again.a

Spain international Cesc F bregas also addressed the media on Monday, and used the opportunity to defend his international team-mate Diego Costa. The Chelsea FC midfielder said: “He’s frustrated, obviously, and rightly so. We all know the causes why he is. Some people understand it, some people don’t. It’s very unfair what happened to him.

“Apart from that, he’s a key player for us, our striker, a player who has to score our goals and finish our combinations. We expect a lot from him. If you want to win this competition (the Champions League) we all have to be at the top of our game, but you need your big players to perform. He’s one of them, for sure.”

Chelsea FC have the opportunity to put themselves in a very comfortable position in Group G with a win at the EstA?dio do DragA?o, with the English club already two points clear at the top after the first round of games.