Costa out of Le­ices­ter clash

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

CHELSEA striker Diego Costa's fu­ture has been thrown into doubt fol­low­ing a blaz­ing row with An­to­nio Conte over his fit­ness.

The Spain in­ter­na­tional has not trav­elled with the rest of the squad ahead of Satur­day's Premier League clash against cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter.

And his fu­ture with the league lead­ers is now un­der a con­sid­er­able cloud af­ter an ar­gu­ment with boss Conte over an in­jury.

Costa be­lieves he is suf­fer­ing from a lower back prob­lem, which could be linked to his his­tory of ham­string in­juries.

But mem­bers of the Blues med­i­cal team are not con­vinced by Costa's com­plaints and Conte has sub­se­quently backed his staff.

The dis­agree­ment has led to a fall­ing out be­tween Costa, Conte and club phys­ios with the striker not back­ing their meth­ods. Chelsea have been con­tacted by Sports­mail but de­clined to com­ment.

The Blues were plan­ning to of­fer Costa a new con­tract but the de­vel­op­ment casts sig­nif­i­cant doubt over that pos­si­bil­ity

In­deed, Sports­mail un­der­stands rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the striker are in China look­ing for po­ten­tial of­fers for Costa with a view to a lu­cra­tive switch to the Far East.

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