Chelsea Team News: Hiddink Reveals Triple Injury Doubt + Fabregas Update
Interim Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has confirmed a triple injury doubt ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace while he also gave an update on Cesc Fabregas.
Interim Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has provided a team news and injury update ahead of the Blues clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.
The Dutchman confirmed a triple injury blow with Radamel Falcao, Gary Cahill and Loic Remy all doubtful for the trip to Selhurst Park this weekend.
Falcao has been sidelined with a niggling muscle injury in recent weeks and despite the Colombian international returning to training, it appears the striker is still not considered fit enough to make his comeback against Palace.
Chelsea’s options in attack will be thin on the ground as Hiddink also revealed that Remy is struggling to shake off the calf problem that kept him out of Monday’s 0-0 draw at Manchester United.
In a further blow, the Blues boss revealed that Cahill was unable to train this morning due to tightness in his ankle ligaments – although Hiddink suggests the centre-back may recover in time to make the trip to Selhurst Park this weekend.
As well as those three injury doubts, Hiddink also confirmed that Oscar, Willian and Eden Hazard picked up knocks at Old Trafford but they were all able to train fully today so will be available to face Palace on Sunday.
There was also positive news regarding the fitness of Cesc Fabregas as the Spanish international played the full ninety minutes during a training game against the youth team after overcoming a fever.
Hiddink told Chelseafc.com:
‘We had two tough games, the physical intensity was high in both games, but in principle we didn’t get big damage,’
‘Oscar was a bit hurt, Willian got some tackles, Eden too. It was intense but today they were recovering on the pitch which means they are okay.
‘Cesc was in this morning. We played a full game with the Academy and he played the full game. He is over his temperature problems.
‘Falcao I doubt [will be fit for Sunday]. He has the same injury as last week when we tested him. Loic Remy is also doubtful.
‘Gary Cahill didn’t go on to the pitch this morning which means he has a little problem but we have several days to go in preparation for Sunday so I’m not negative regarding Cahill. He has an ankle injury. Some ligaments are a little bit tight.’
Chelsea head in to the game this weekend sitting 14th in the Premier League table so Hiddink will be desperate to pick up his first three points since replacing Jose Mourinho as manager earlier this month.
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