Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chelsea 'Brawl Boys' Costa and Oscar Are Included in Squad for Cup Clash

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Chelsea 'Brawl Boys' Costa and Oscar Are Included in Squad for Cup Clash

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

DIEGO COSTA and Oscar are in the Chelsea squad to face Scunthorpe in the FA Cup on Sunday, despite their clash in training yesterday.

Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink is unconcerned about the incident and has included them for the third-round tie against the League One side at Stamford Bridge.

Costa is believed to have responded angrily to a high tackle from Oscar during a training match by later making a strong challenge of his own on his club-mate.

That sparked a brief confrontation between the pair and although no punches were thrown, they did have to be separated by team-mates.

The duo were later seen laughing and joking together, while Oscar put out a statement on Twitter denying the clash was anything serious.

The Brazilian said: "Those who are saying that me and Diego Costa fought today in training are lying. He is one of my best friends and we would never fight."

Costa and Oscar have been close friends ever since the Spanish striker arrived from Atletico Madrid for PS32million last year.

Last Sunday, Costa set up Oscar for Chelsea's opening goal in a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace and they noticeably quickly ran to each other to celebrate.

Costa, who has come under scrutiny over his temperament several times since arriving in England, is starting to show improved form after a shaky start to the season.

The Spain international has scored three goals in his last two matches and will hope to continue that streak against Scunthorpe.

Oscar is set to start on the bench but only because Hiddink wants to rotate the squad before two home League games next week, against West Brom and Everton. That means Ramires, Nemanja Matic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Abdul Baba Rahman and Gary Cahill could all start.

Eden Hazard is not involved after being ruled out for two weeks with a groin problem and his father believes the winger's lack of form and fitness this term is down to playing too many games. …

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