Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois says he and his team-mates are not questioning Diego Costa’s commitment to the club.
The Chelsea striker was dropped for The Blues 3-0 win at Leicester following complaints of back pain that sparked a fall-out with manager Antonio Conte.
Yet Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insisted he is in charge of a united group and goalkeeper Courtois has been impressed by Costa’s training this week.
‘He has trained very well this week,’ Courtois told Sky Sports as Chelsea prepare to try to extend their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
‘Obviously it was not a nice rumour that went around that he had a fight or anything,’ the Belgium international added. ‘He had an injury and couldn’t train and obviously if you are not 100 per cent fit and you feel you cannot play it’s logic that you don’t train with the team.
‘He looks very committed, we cannot doubt that about Diego. You can see that in all games he plays.
Courtois says he has not spoken to the joint top Premier League goalscorer about the situation but remains confident the situation has been resolved.
The Blues entertain Hull at Stamford Bridge on Super Sunday. Marco Silva’s new side have talisman Robert Snodgrass available after the Tigers turned down an £8m offer from Middlesborough this week.