Diego Costa insists he’s ready to make up for lost time as he prepares to return to the Chelsea side following his three-match ban for violent conduct.
Costa was handed a three-match ban after being charged by the FA following his clash with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.
The striker was also left out of Spain’s squad for their recent Euro 2016 qualifying double header. His omission allowed him time to take in extra training sessions at Chelsea amid concerns over his fitness this season.
But Costa is set to return to the Chelsea side to face Aston Villa on Saturday and the Spain striker insists he’s eager to return to action.
“It’s been really important for me,” he told Chelsea TV. “I have been able to train with my own specific schedule to help me get better and better.
“The sessions have been good and I have been able to benefit from being here. I’ve been working on what I needed to work on and I am happy about that.”
Despite the controversy against Arsenal and subsequent ban, Costa has remained a fans favourite in west London, and has thanked the fans for their support ahead of his comeback.
“It’s always important to spend some time with the fans when you can,” he added. “It’s a way of saying thank you to them for supporting us in a way we can’t do on the pitch.
“You never quite get used to it but it’s great because it makes you realise that you’re popular at a club that supports you, that people trust you. That’s all really important to me. Hopefully, we can start on a good winning run for them all.”
Costa has scored just two goals for Chelsea this season.
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