Chelsea pair Diego Costa and Pedro are both available for the Champions League last 16 second leg against Paris Saint Germain after coming through training ahead of the game unscathed. Both players missed the Premier League draw with Stoke City but resumed work with the first team ahead of the tie at Stamford Bridge.
Costa missed the weekend game with a minor tendon injury while Pedro has been absent since the win over Southampton last month, having limped out of the game with a hamstring problem. Brazilian youngster Kenedy is also set to be available having recovered from a groin problem he suffered against Norwich City.
But the big news ahead of Chelsea's pursuit of the goals which would put them in contention to reach the last 16 is the return of Costa, who has scored just once in 15 games in Europe's premier club competition for the Blues, and Pedro who has endured an indifferent season since joining from Barcelona. Hiddink says both players are available after coming through training on Tuesday [8 March] morning.
"He [Costa] is fit," the Chelsea boss said. "He has a little bit of as problem in the weekend that's why we didn't bring him. He was in training today so we will see for tomorrow's game. Pedro has a setback recently but did well with the physios and in some of the training he did already. He made a good impression today so he will be back in the squad tomorrow."
PSG have ratcheted up the mind games ahead of the second yet by posting a vine via their official Twitter account which labels the returning Costa a fraud. The social media post follows a warning from manager Laurent Blanc that his players must ignore the Spain international who has a reputation of provoking opponents, but Hiddink can't fault his leading forward.
"When you have seen Costa play in all the games in which I have been the manager then you know that I cannot guarantee anything from the players," he added. "But he has heaved very well and I am very proud in the way he is playing. He likes to fight in the real way of the game and that is what we like and I protect him and I support him when he is doing what he did during my period at Chelsea."