Oscar False 9? With Costa suspended, Chelsea face striker crisis for Manchester United

Never mind Manchester United’s problems – Chelsea have enough on their plate as it is.

Interim manager Guus Hiddink is facing a striker crisis for the visit of United, and could be forced to use an attacking midfielder up front.

With Diego Costa picking up a booking against Watford on Boxing Day, Hiddink could be without a conventional striker.

The Telegraph report that back-up striker Loic Remy faces a fitness test, and with Radamel Falcao still out with a mystery injury, that means Eden Hazard could be needed up front.

But even he remains a doubt; having picked up an injury at Leiecester, Hazard wasn’t risked for the Watford game and remained on the bench for the 2-2 draw.

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If neither Hazard nor Remy are fit, then Hiddink may be forced to use Oscar or Willian as a false 9.

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