Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hopes having injury-hit Diego Costa fit will give them a boost against West Brom this afternoon.
It's the first of eight games in 24 days for the Blues - a prospect Mourinho has referred to as a 'beautiful' period - and will be a testing time for Premier League new boy Costa. The 26 year old missed Spain's international fixtures over the past fortnight battling hamstring and groin issues.
Mourinho said: "I always think that the Christmas period for players doing it for the first time in their career is more difficult. The English players, or those who have been here for many, many years, are more physically and, especially, more mentally adapted and prepared to cope with that incredible marathon of football we have to face."
Chelsea go into this afternoon's match at the top of the table. Kick off is at 3pm.
Elsewhere in the top flight this afternoon, West Ham are away to Everton and QPR travel to Newcastle.
The Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at international managers after several of his players came back injured from last week's Euro 2016 qualifiers. He believes that some coaches ignore advice from clubs about players who are carrying injuries.
He revealed today that striker Diego Costa will miss tomorrow's Champions League match against Maribor - the Spaniard was also unavailable for Saturday's win over Crystal Palace. In the past fortnight, Costa played twice for Spain even though Mourinho had warned that he risked picking up an injury.
Sometimes you have national coaches and medical departments that want to establish a relationship and they are interested in the players, their physical condition, their habits. Some others they simply don't care. You are not happy when you give players in good conditions and you receive the players in bad conditions.
John Terry will captain Chelsea for the 500th time this afternoon. He has been named in the Blues' team to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. He will also equal Frank Lampard's Premier League appearance record of 429 games for the club.
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Chelsea midfielder, Cesc Fabregas will play against one of his former clubs tomorrow. The Spaniard is expected to start against Arsenal, a team he played for from 2003 to 2011.
According to ITV Sport Jose Mourinho is happy for Fabregas not to forget his past at the North London club he joined when he was 16 years-old.
Chelsea travel to the Etihad Stadium today to battle it out against Manchester City.
It's highly expected that former Blues player, Frank Lampard will grace the pitch at some stage of the match.
According to ITV Sport they'll be several key battles to look out for during this game.
Chelsea's new striker Diego Costa has picked up a hamstring injury and had to pull out of the Spanish squad ahead their game on Monday. Costa, who has scored four goals in three Premier League games since he joined the Blues, has had problems with his hamstrings this year. In May, he was substituted in the Champions League Final after getting injured.
The Spanish Football Federation said that he had injured the hamstring in his left thigh and they would be sending images of the injury to Chelsea. The Blues' next game is on September 13th against Swansea.
France international Loic Remy, has joined Chelsea on a four-year deal according to ITV Sport. The striker will be a replacement for the recently departed Fernando Torres.
Chelsea has agreed terms for a two-year loan deal of Fernando Torres to AC Milan. The move is now subject to the striker agreeing personal terms with the Italian club and passing a medical examination.
The passing of our much-loved Life President Lord Attenborough has greatly affected everyone, and Chelsea Football Club fully appreciates our supporters’ emotions at this time and your wish to pay tribute to the important part he played in our history.
At our next home game, against Swansea City on Saturday 13th September, there will be a minute’s appreciation prior to kick-off in honour of a great Chelsea fan who also served as a club director for 13 years. There will be tributes on the big screens and in the matchday programme.
A lasting memorial to Lord Attenborough’s support of Chelsea is also appropriate. In consultation with Lord Attenborough's family, the club will carefully consider the possibilities and suggestions for this to ensure the most suitable option is taken.