Chelsea striker Diego Costa is on course to feature in the Premier League trip to leaders Arsenal after avoiding a leg fracture during the draw with Everton. The Spain international was replaced after 80 minutes of the 3-3 draw at Goodison Park with a leg injury suffered in a challenge with Leighton Baines, and was later taken to hospital for tests.
The results from the examination have come back all-clear, with the scan showing the injury is a bruised tibia rather than anything more serious, which could have risked his participation in the remainder of the season. Costa is expected to make a full recovery in time for the weekend's game at the Emirates Stadium, though the club are yet to confirm his availability.
A statement on the Chelsea website read: "Scans have shown the injury he suffered was a bruise to his tibia in his shin and not a fracture. It is not known yet whether he will miss the Arsenal game." The 27-year-old has staged a return to form of late, with five goals in as many starts since the return of Guus Hiddink.
The Mirror understands that despite getting the all-clear from the scan, that the ex-Atletico Madrid hitman is still a doubt for the clash with Arsenal on Sunday 24 January. Costa's fitness is key for Chelsea given their lack of senior options in attacking positions, with Loic Remy the only other forward available to Hiddink. Radamel Falcao is no closer to a return, having not played since October.
Captain John Terry got the decisive goal beyond added time as Chelsea grabbed a last-gasp point at Everton, but the former England skipper insisted it was Costa who inspired the comeback. "You talk about players standing up, and he was the one going round, really fighting for everything and that is why the fans love him," he said, according to the club's official website. "That goal summed him up: the timing of it, the hunger, the never-say-die attitude."
Eden Hazard could also be fit for the match against Arsenal – who have drawn their last two games and won just one of their previous 10 meetings in all competitions with Chelsea. The Belgium international has been suffering with a hip problem that has forced him to miss the last three games, but is set to resume full training sessions this week.