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Chelsea drop Costa after row over fitness, reports say

14 January, 2017 2:39 AM
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Diego Costa has been dropped from the squad of Premier League leaders Chelsea for the match at champions Leicester City after a row over his fitness, according to media reports on Friday.

Costa, the Premier League's leading scorer with 14 goals, will miss Saturday's game following a disagreement with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and a club fitness coach Julio Tous, the reports say.

Costa is said to have not trained with the rest of the squad for the past three days after a row with Tous over the extent of an injury he was complaining of.

In his absence, Chelsea were expected to again use Eden Hazard as their spearhead, flanked by Pedro and Willian, a trident that proved effective when Costa missed the Blues' 3-0 win over Bournemouth through suspension.


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