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Chelsea's Costa to contest three match ban

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is contesting the Football Association's charge for violent conduct - a move which has the full support of the club.

The Spain international is facing an immediate three-match ban for his apparent stamp on the Liverpool's Emre Can during Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Costa has until 6pm to respond to the charge of violent conduct and Press Association Sport understands the striker will be contesting.

Chelsea have also cancelled their pre-match press conference ahead of the table-top clash with Man City.

Crystal Palace sign Shola Ameobi

Ameobi has joined up with Alan Pardew at Palace. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.

Ameobi was a free agent after leaving Turkish side Gaziantep in December.

The 33-year-old Nigeria international has signed a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Ameobi is likely to need time to regain fitness after an unsuccessful stint in Turkey.


Rodgers: Liverpool striker could return against West Ham

Daniel Sturridge could return for Liverpool. Credit: PA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will wait until Friday before deciding whether to give Daniel Sturridge his comeback in Saturday's Barclays Premier League game at West Ham.

"He has looked outstanding in training, but we will give him another day (before deciding whether to play him)," the Reds boss told a press conference.

"I will have a chat with him (on Friday) and overview the week, how everything has gone, but in my brief conversation with him (on Thursday) I can tell he is happy and feeling very strong in his own body.

"At this moment, he looks in top-class condition."

Sturridge has been out since suffering a thigh injury on international duty last September.

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