Monday October 20th, 2014

Chelsea striker Diego Costa will not play in the club’s Champions League Group G home match against Maribor on Tuesday because of a hamstring injury, the club announced Monday.

Forward Andre Schurrle (illness), midfielder Ramires (groin) and midfielder John Obi Mikel (foot) will also miss the match against Maribor.

Costa has been bothered by the injury for most of the season, but still has scored nine goals in seven Premier League matches. He missed Chelsea's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace last weekend.

Chelsea manager José Mourinho said he believes that Costa’s injury was made worse when Costa played for Spain against Slovakia and Luxembourg during the European Championship qualifier.

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“It’s the same problem that he’s having but now an injury, not an almost injury,” Mourinho said, according to The Guardian.

There is no timetable for Costa’s return, and Mourinho said he did not know when Costa was going to play again.

“It’s simple. He’s not training because he’s not in condition to do it. Tomorrow he cannot play," Mourinho said. "Let’s see what happens for next weekend but next weekend is not important. I don’t have Manchester United [on Sunday in the Premier League] in mind. I have Maribor in mind."

Chelsea is leading the Champions League Group G standings with four points. 

- Scooby Axson

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