Chelsea Team News: Hiddink Reveals Fresh Injury Doubt + Offers Pato/Remy Updates
Guus Hiddink has revealed a fresh injury doubt ahead of Chelsea’s clash at Watford while he also gave an update on Alexandre Pato and Loic Remy.
Chelsea will look to continue their climb up the Premier League table when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night.
Ahead of the game, interim boss Guus Hiddink has been speaking at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and has given Chelseafc.com a team news update.
The Dutchman revealed that Willian is a doubt for the game tomorrow after missing training due to a foot injury that he suffered during the FA Cup win at MK Dons on Sunday afternoon.
The Brazilian international was expected to resume full training this afternoon but the attacker will require a late fitness check before his availability for the trip to Watford is decided.
Hiddink also gave the latest on Alexandre Pato’s availability after he completed his loan move from Corinthians and while all the paperwork has been completed in time for the Brazilian to be eligible to make his debut, the Blues boss is yet to decide whether he’ll be included in the squad just yet.
Chelsea also secured the signing of United States centre-back Matt Miazga during the January transfer window but the defender isn’t expected to be in the squad tomorrow while Chelseafc.com also claim that Loic Remy has once again been ruled out due to a calf injury.
Hiddink is quoted as saying to the clubs website:
‘Willian didn’t go on the pitch yesterday because he had bruising on his foot. Today he will be on the pitch and we’ll see how his reaction is after training.’
‘Yesterday he [Pato] had to do bureaucratic stuff, which we have to accept, he was out of the country and had to get paperwork done.
‘He’s worked for a few training sessions now and will of course be in this afternoon.
‘I don’t know if he’s up to the game but we’ll decide later this afternoon. He’s in preparation. The paperwork is done and formally he is available but that’s another thing to physically and mentally.
‘That’s why we have to prepare him very well as soon as possible. We have a tight schedule coming up.’
Chelsea head in to tomorrow night’s game off the back of Sunday’s FA Cup win at MK Dons while followed on from last weekend’s league victory at Arsenal, so Hiddink will be keen to build on those wins and improve upon their current thirteenth position in the table.