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Conte: Costa has a back problem

Conte: Costa has a back problem

Chelsea boss AntonioConte explained Diego Costa’s absence for last night’s win over Leicester.

“If you want to know the truth. I am ready to tell the truth. On Tuesday, during the training session, Diego stopped because he felt a pain in his back, and from that moment he didn’t train during the week.

“And for this reason today he wasn’t available for the starting eleven, or for the bench, or to come with the squad. This is the reason. This is the truth about Diego.

“I read a lot of speculation about this topic. I can tell you that, if there are problems with the players, then I am used to, in my career, solving them in the changing room, not outside, not in a press conference.

“I don’t know anything about this (interest from China). The club did not tell me about this. For this reason, it can be only speculation.

“We start our training session on Tuesday and next week we will see. It’s important to understand his physical condition and then we will see if he trains with us. I don’t know (how long he will be out) because I don’t have his pain.”