Oscar plays down Diego Costa clash

Oscar plays down Diego Costa clash

Oscar has downplayed Thursday’s training-ground fracas with Chelsea team-mate Diego Costa.

Tensions boiled over ahead of the FA Cup third-round tie with Scunthorpe after robust tackles were exchanged during training at the Blues’ Cobham base.

Diego Costa reportedly objected to a challenge from Oscar at training.
Diego Costa reportedly objected to a challenge from Oscar at training.

Costa took exception to a challenge from Oscar and responded in kind in a competitive training session, with the swift intervention of team-mates required to help defuse the situation.

The incident was laughed off afterwards and Oscar referenced it himself on Twitter, writing: “Those who are saying me anddiegocosta fought today in training are lying, he’s one of my best friends and we would never fight.”

Interim manager Guus Hiddink will no doubt be asked about the kerfuffle during today’s press conference previewing the match with Scunthorpe on Sunday.

Radamel Falcao may also be a topic of conversation after flying back to parent club Monaco earlier this week.

The Colombian returned to the principality for checks on his thigh injury at Monaco’s training ground ahead of a potential return to the club.

Falcao was hoping to resurrect his ailing career at Chelsea this year but halfway through a season-long loan with the Premier League champions, he has scored just one goal.

The 29-year-old has not played for Chelsea since the end of October due to a thigh injury and is expected to be out for at least another week with the problem.

The striker returned to Chelsea’s Surrey base on Wednesday but he is understood to be considering an attempt to cut his loan short and return to Monaco.

With Costa and Loic Remy ahead of him in the pecking order, Falcao appears unlikely to get much playing time with the Blues for the rest of the season, which is of concern to the former Atletico Madrid forward.

If Chelsea cannot offer him regular first-team football for the rest of the campaign, it is understood the Colombian would prefer to return to Monaco.

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