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Chelsea players pulled apart after training ground row

Oscar and Costa during happier times. Credit: Reuters

Diego Costa and Chelsea team-mate Oscar had to be separated after exchanging robust tackles in training on Thursday.

Brazil-born Spain striker Costa took exception to a challenge from Brazil playmaker Oscar and responded in kind in a competitive training session, with a confrontation swiftly diffused.

Press Association Sport understands the incident was laughed off afterwards ahead of Sunday's FA Cup third round tie with Scunthorpe.

Interim boss Guus Hiddink is likely to be asked about the kerfuffle during his scheduled pre-match media conference on Friday.

Chelsea striker Bamford ends 'terrible' Crystal Palace loan

Patrick Bamford failed to break through on loan at Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Patrick Bamford has opted to end his "terrible" loan stint at Crystal Palace and return to Chelsea after missing a good chance in the 0-0 draw with Swansea.

The 22-year-old striker was quoted as saying he had asked to return to Stamford Bridge, ahead of seeking another loan move in January.

Bamford blasted a point-blank effort straight at Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski when he should have buried the winning goal at Selhurst Park.

"That was my last game for Palace," Bamford said on the BBC Sport website.

"If I were being honest, it has been terrible. No one wants to sit on the bench and not play. It was my decision. The gaffer hasn't actually spoken to me."

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Pedro backs Cesc Fabregas to win over Chelsea fans

Pedro has backed Cesc Fabregas to stay at Chelsea and win over the mutinous Stamford Bridge fans.

Fabregas was booed by a section of Chelsea's fans on Saturday. Credit: PA

Fabregas was booed in Saturday's 3-1 home win over Sunderland, the Blues faithful accusing the Spain playmaker and Diego Costa of undermining Jose Mourinho and contributing to the Portuguese's sacking.

Interim boss Guus Hiddink will take charge of the Boxing Day Premier League clash with Watford, as Chelsea continue to seek Mourinho's long-term replacement.

Former Barcelona midfielder Pedro insists Fabregas will prove his loyalty to the west London club as Chelsea bid to turn their poor league form on its head.

Pedro told the Evening Standard, of Fabregas:

It was difficult for him but he can get through this. He is strong mentally and very competitive.

Cesc is a top player, a very good character in the team, he is a winner and it's good he plays for us.

I understand why the fans are so upset. It's normal when the team and coach are in this position.

– Chelsea forward Pedro
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