Chelsea striker Diego Costa will wear a protective mask when they face Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday after suffering a broken nose in training.
The controversial striker will become the third member of the Chelsea squad to wear a mask this season after Cesar Azpilicueta and Nemanja Matic.
The accident occurred when Costa was struck by an academy player in a collision and the fiery striker came out worst.
Speaking in his weekly press conference, Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink confirmed the incident.
“Costa got his nose broken in training. It was one of the young academy players we had over,” he said.
“He was very unlucky. He will return today because he had a mask put on. We are a Zorro team: Azpi, Matic, and now Diego. He will do some light training this afternoon with the mask.”
Azpilicueta is wearing a protective mask as he recovers from a fractured cheek bone, while Matic wore one earlier this season.
Hiddink is however grateful the injury to Costa isn’t as serious as first feared and he will be available for the game against Newcastle.
New loan signing, Alexandre Pato is yet to reach full match fitness, while Loic Remy is out with a calf injury and Radamel Falcao has been out since last October with a thigh injury.