Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Diego Costa will start against Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Spain international had been suffering with a hamstring injury and a viral infection and only featured from the bench against Maribor in midweek.
In his news conference on Friday, Mourinho said: “As a consequence of the work we have been doing, we think he is ready to start the match.”
Costa is Chelsea’s leading scorer with nine goals so far in the league. Despite his return to fitness, Costa has not been called up by Spain for their upcoming internationals against Belarus and Germany- a decision welcomed by Mourinho.
The Chelsea boss said: “In the 15 days [international break] he can rest and work. It is fantastic news for us.
“I thank the Spain FA for the decision that they made, but I did nothing to make it happen.
“The plan is to have a period of complete rest after the Liverpool match for a few days, and after that to continue the specific recovery work he is doing.”