Chelsea Team News Update: Jose Gives Latest On Oscar, Luiz, Cole & More

By on December 6, 2013

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Chelsea take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday looking to close the gap at the top of the Premier League.

Boss Jose Mourinho has been in front of the media this afternoon for his pre-match press conference and he gave Chelseafc.com a team news and injury update with the latest on Oscar, David Luiz, Samuel Eto’o and Ashley Cole.

Midfielder Oscar picked up an ankle injury against Southampton last weekend and was forced to miss the midweek win over Sunderland. However, while the Brazilian is now back in training, Mourinho hasn’t decided whether he will be involved this weekend or not.

Luiz has missed the last three games with a knee injury and has failed to recover in time to make the trip to Stoke, but striker Eto’o is available again having missed the last two fixtures with a muscle injury.

Long-serving left-back Ashley Cole has seen Cesar Azpilicueta take his first team place in recent weeks after struggling to regain his form following a rib injury. But Mourinho has confirmed the 32-year-old will start either this weekend or next Wednesday against Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League.

The Chelsea boss told the clubs official website:

‘David Luiz is out, I don’t know when I’ll have him back,’

‘[Samuel] Eto’o is fine and back with the group, Oscar is also much better and I have to decide whether to play him or not, but he’s much better.

‘Tomorrow or Wednesday Ashley Cole will play. It’s a position where I have alternatives, I have two players for the same position but it’s logical that I don’t give [Cesar] Azpilicueta four matches without giving Ashley one.’

The Blues head into the game against Stoke sitting four points off leaders Arsenal so will hope to cut their rivals advantage to just a single point ahead of the Gunners clash with Everton on Sunday.

What team would you like to see Mourinho select? Share your views below.

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20 Comments

  1. Alexander

    December 6, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    It was the smae thing with Sturridge they pretended he was injured and then he was sold I hope it is not that kind of situation.

  2. Godspower

    December 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Alsh cole shod state ahead of aspirecuta

  3. milton

    December 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    we are losing best players with this evil spirit of not giving chances to best players.luk to wat is happening to Joan mata and Luiz.morhino give them enough chances not the rubbish u are doing to them.

  4. m.shakur

    December 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    azilicueta should start ahead of cole cos he is more exuberant and provide more up front than cole

  5. WILFRED

    December 7, 2013 at 6:13 am

    ASHLEY IS MORE BETTER THAN AZLI AT LEFT BACK SO SHOULD START TODAY.STOKE IS DANGEROUS AT HOME.

  6. abdullahi

    December 7, 2013 at 6:22 am

    i wil prefered to see cech,terry, azicueta, ivanivic, mikel, ramires, mata, hazad,torres,willian, and suchhle

  7. Justice valentine

    December 7, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Mourinho should not start lampard on this game because stoke city is very energtic team.

  8. Sherif

    December 7, 2013 at 7:26 am

    David lux we miss u in chelsea team,u ar best chelsea defender

  9. kangua

    December 7, 2013 at 7:39 am

    mournho must start with torres than Ba late coz Potter are physically playing

  10. obyno

    December 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Let’s leave mourinho to do what he knows best.

  11. menzo

    December 7, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Wy mourinho is been so dick head don’t wont to use best player’s we have like Mara.luiz oll in one time bout hi change everyone places mata is much better then Oscar

  12. Immortal

    December 7, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Please u guy shld help me and beg WILFRED not to be stupid. where on earth will cole b beta than azpil. Mour plz let azpil strt maybe cole strt with BUcharest.

  13. Toni

    December 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

    ashly should sit on the bench cos he hasnt been in fine form since the start of the season and so azpilicueta should continue and torres should start upfront with mata supporting him and having eden on the flank with schrul or willian and mikel nd rami on the front of the back four….like to see liuz playn soon!

  14. Isaac

    December 7, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Mourinho is a clown, ‘Tomorrow or Wednesday Ashley Cole
    will play. It’s a position where I have
    alternatives, I have two players for the
    same position but it’s logical that I
    don’t give [Cesar] Azpilicueta four
    matches without giving Ashley one.’ How come he neva made such statement about Mata?

  15. kizz kizza keziman

    December 7, 2013 at 10:11 am

    i prefered to see cech,ceaser,ivanovic,terry,cahil,ramires,lampard,willians,hazard,shurle,torres.

  16. amos emmanuel

    December 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

    pls jose giv mata, lius 2 prove demself.

  17. Martin

    December 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I tink azpilicueta should continue in the lb position and lampard should b restd or comein in d 2nd half.luiz or no luiz moruinho should use any squad dat wil give us d 3points

  18. Uchman

    December 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Please Jose give Azpi mata mikel shurreli and torres a chance to prove.

  19. Thymo

    December 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    The happy one should start. CECH,CAHILL.AZPILICUETA,COLE,MIKEL,RAMIREZ,MATA,HAZARD.ANDRE shurrle,TORRES.

  20. Lawrence

    December 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    hey guys! you see,everybody has his own best eleven.This means ,suppose anyone of us is de coach,he would go with his best eleven,yet others would not like it.SO LETS ALLOW MOURINHO TO GO WITH ANY ELEVEN THAT WILL PROVIDE US DE THREE POINTS.THEY ARE ALL HERE TO PLAY AND NOBODY LIKES TO BE GLUED TO DE BENCH.

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