Fantasy Tips: How do you solve a problem like Diego Costa uncertainty?

Team 33's Fantasy pundit Tommy Rooney talks forward options after last week's events at Chelsea

Chelsea, Diego Costa, Antonio Conte,

Chelsea's Diego Costa and manager Antonio Conte.Picture by John Walton PA Wire/PA Images

Thanks to a Marcos Alonso double and another goal by Pedro, Chelsea did not suffer from the loss of Diego Costa from their first team when they took on Leicester City last Saturday.

On the eve of the Premier League match, news emerged that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had left Costa out of his matchday squad, amid reports of issues behind the scenes.

The Fantasy consequences are seismic if the uncertainty around the Brazilian born Spain international continues.

Conte has revealed that Costa is available for Chelsea's match against Hull City on Sunday.

"I heard a lot of speculation about Diego, but now the most important thing is he trained with us this week, he does not have any pain in his back and can play," said the Blues manager.

But just to hedge your bets, Team 33 Fantasy pundit Tommy Rooney discussed some of the forward options that could mitigate any Costa-related hiccups.

"Conte has just confirmed that Diego Costa is available for selection against Hull on Sunday. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen," says Tommy.

"To be honest, I'm not going to rush him back into my team. It's much of a muchness. Olivier Giroud's in good form, if you can bring in Harry Kane, bring in Harry Kane because Spurs are absolutely flying. Obviously it's Man City this weekend so it's a tough game and you don't know how that's going to go.

"But if Costa cries off or isn't in form, there are a couple of options there to go with with Ibrahimovic."

Among those Tommy discusses are Sergio Aguero and third striker options like Jermain Defoe and Callum Wilson, while we also touched on the All Out Attack chip.  

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