Jose Mourinho expects Diego Costa to be out for at least a fortnight after the Chelsea striker suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury in the 2-1 Premier League win over Stoke City.
Mourinho named Costa on the substitutes’ bench and stated ahead of Saturday’s game at Stamford Bridge that it would be a “gamble” to play the Spain international.
The Chelsea boss brought Costa on at half-time after Charlie Adam had cancelled out Eden Hazard’s penalty with a sensational strike from his own half just before the break.
Costa lasted only 11 minutes before he pulled up again and it was left to Loic Remy to score the winner for a second game in a row, sending Chelsea seven points clear at the top of the table.
Mourinho admitted it was a risk to bring Costa on, but has no regrets and laid no blame at the door of his medical department.
He told Sky Sports: “If my medical department decides to take four weeks to recover Diego this would not happen, but in football we need risks. I risk sometimes, as a manager in a result I don’t like.