Fikayo Tomori has recalled an incident which saw him break the nose of Diego Costa in Chelsea training.
The Chelsea youngster has impressed since being handed his opportunity in the first-team under Frank Lampard so far this season, being called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Tomori has been discussing his rise into first-team contention and recalled an incident in which he left former Stamford Bridge favourite Costa with a broken nose.
The 21-year-old was still in school when he clashed heads with the Spain international, risking the wrath of the notoriously temperamental forward.
Tomori remembers the accident clearly, having received a host of messages regarding the injury with Costa forced to wear a protective mask.
“Yeah, I remember. I was actually still in school and I didn’t actually know I had done it in training,” said Tomori, as per The Mirror.
“It was alright. He didn’t kick me in training after that!
“There was a bit of stick, it was light-hearted, a lot of banter. I got back to school and people were asking about it. I was year 10 or 11. My mates had all seen it.
“It was an accident, we both went up for a header and I had to flick the ball backwards and he tried to score. He headed the back of my head and he broke his nose.
“I didn’t know I had done it until the next day when it was all over the papers. I was getting a lot of messages like I meant to do it, but it was an accident.”