Chelsea's Oscar forced to deny suggestions of training ground bust-up with Diego Costa

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Chelsea midfielder Oscar last night moved to douse suggestions that he and combative striker Diego Costa had been involved in a training ground bust-up ahead of the club’s FA Cup third round tie against Scunthorpe on Sunday.

The duo were said to have squared up to each other at Chelsea’s Cobham training base yesterday before being dragged apart by team-mates. But Brazil playmaker Oscar used Twitter in an attempt to diffuse the furore.

He wrote: “For those who are talking to me and @diegocosta struggle today in training he’s lying, he’s one of my best friends and never fight.”

Both Oscar and Costa were on target in Chelsea’s 3-0 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday as the Blues continued their upturn in form since the sacking of Jose Mourinho last month.

Interim boss Guus Hiddink remains unbeaten since taking temporary charge, while Scunthorpe provide the opposition as Chelsea begin their quest for silverware in the FA Cup, a competition the Dutchman won with the club in 2009.