Chelsea Team News Update: Trio To Miss Man Utd Game + Attacker Faces Late Test
Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has given a team news and injury update ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Manchester United this weekend.
Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has given Chelseafc.com a team news and injury update ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Manchester United this weekend.
Speaking at his press conference this afternoon, the interim coach revealed that attacker Pedro Rodriguez is a doubt for the game after missing the draw at Watford on Wednesday night due to a minor groin injury.
The Spanish international will be assessed after undergoing intensive training today and tomorrow before his availability will be determined but Hiddink is hopeful he’ll be passed fit for selection.
The Dutchman also gave an update on the situation of Alexandre Pato and says the Brazilian attacker won’t be involved for a few games yet as he need some time to build-up his fitness in training following his loan move from Corinthians.
Pato will therefore miss Sunday’s game against United along with Loic Remy as the striker is still nursing a calf injury – although the French international is expected to return to next week.
Radamel Falcao is also still on the sidelines as he continues to struggle to overcome a niggling thigh injury that’s hampered the striker since way back in November.
Hiddink told the clubs website:
‘The squad is looking okay after the midweek game against Watford. The players have come back in and look very fit except for Falcao and Remy . Remy will be involved next week.
‘Pedro was not available then because of a groin injury but he trained well this morning and we will see how he reacts to it. I don’t think there will be big problems.
‘Pato is in his pre-season. We have made a training plan which he is doing now, training at least once but most of the days twice, which means he is getting his fitness but not full fitness yet.
‘He will not be in for the upcoming few games because we want to have him fit because we don’t want the risk of injury in this tough league.’
Chelsea head in to the weekend action off the back of ten-game unbeaten run in all competitions but Hiddink will be keen to get back to winning ways following the draw at Watford on Wednesday night and improve upon their current 13th position in the table.
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