Will Diego Costa make his Wolves debut vs Man City this weekend in the Premier League?

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The ex-Chelsea forward is an option for Bruno Lage against Manchester City.

Diego Costa could be in line to make his Wolves debut this weekend when the Midlands club host Manchester City.

The Premier League champions travel to Molineux for a 12:30pm kick-off on Saturday, and the former Chelsea man is expected to make a maiden appearance in old gold.

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Costa was confirmed as a Wolves player on Monday, with Bruno Lage forced into the market after summer signing Sasa Kalajdzic suffered an ACL injury in the club’s recent win over Southampton.

But after just a few days in Wolverhampton, we take a look at how Costa is likely to be involved this weekend.

Will Costa make his Wolves debut at the weekend?

The immediate concern with the striker is whether he is fit to feature. Costa last played in December and therefore is unlikely to be ready to start this weekend.

Costa last played for Atletico Mineiro in December. Credit: Getty.Costa last played for Atletico Mineiro in December. Credit: Getty.
Costa last played for Atletico Mineiro in December. Credit: Getty. | Getty Images

However, he has been pictured in training this week and may be an option from the bench.

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Assuming Costa can’t start, Raul Jimenez is the obvious choice to play up front. But the Mexican missed the win over Southampton due to a niggle in his groin and Jimenez is still regaining his fitness from a knee injury he sustained in the summer. The striker also didn’t appear to be involved in the club’s pre-match training images.

Alternatively, Hwang Hee-chan could play through the middle, while Wolves began the loss to Tottenham Hotspur last month with Daniel Podence operating as a central striker.

Costa scored 59 goals in 120 appearances for Chelsea Credit: Getty.Costa scored 59 goals in 120 appearances for Chelsea Credit: Getty.
Costa scored 59 goals in 120 appearances for Chelsea Credit: Getty. | Getty Images

What has the player said?

Costa also hinted earlier this week that it might take him a while to get up to full fitness.

“I did think if I would be able to do it, if I was physically and mentally ready for this new challenge – a difficult one, that I know for sure – but mentally, I’m fine,” he told the club’s website.

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“On a physical and psychological level, I will need two to three weeks to get back in shape but that’s normal since I haven’t done much for a while but I know that I can do it.”

Asked about speaking with Lage before signing, Costa said: “I explained how I felt because I am incredibly motivated and ready to play again. I know that I can help but I also explained my current situation which means that I need my own time.

“I asked him not to rush me into things in the sense of planning things that don’t always go to plan because that will mean I won’t be able to help the way I want to. He was very understanding. He is a great manager and someone who has been doing a great job.”

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