Chelsea forward Diego Costa is confident he will be fit for the Blues' clash against Liverpool on Saturday (31 October) at Stamford Bridge despite suffering a suspected rib injury during their loss to Stoke City in the League Cup on Tuesday (27 October). The forward was replaced by Loic Remy after 33 minutes and was taken to hospital for scans.
According to the Guardian, the club are optimistic with regards to the extent of the injury, and believes that it is just bruising, which will allow him to start the game against Jurgen Klopp's side on Saturday. The Spaniard's presence will be key for Jose Mourinho, who is under pressure to win following a poor start to the 2015/16 campaign.
The Portuguese manager's future could rest on the result at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, as the Premier League champions look to get back up the table from the 15th place they are currently in after 10 games. Costa's presence will be key for Mourinho, and according to the Daily Mail, the Blues boss will take the final call regarding his participation after a chat with the medical staff, which was set to take place following their training session on Thursday (29 October). The report, however, claims that the management are still fearful that the striker will be forced to miss the crucial clash against the Merseyside club.
Meanwhile, French international forward Loic Remy has backed Mourinho to remain at the club and turn their fortunes around. The former Newcastle United forward has indicated that the Portuguese manager has the complete backing of all the players to remain at the club amid speculation regarding an imminent departure in the wake of a loss on Saturday.
"It's important for him [Mourinho] to stay and we don't want to give up," Remy said, quoted by the Guardian. "We were champions together only last season and he is a really great manager. Of course I don't want him to leave. I think all the players don't want that. The spirit is good and we are not affected by the situation," the Frenchman added.