Chelsea Team News Update: Mourinho Gives Latest On Cole, Eto’o & Luiz

By on November 29, 2013

Samuel Eto'o

Chelsea take on Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon looking to close the gap at the top of the Premier League.

The Blues head into the game sitting in third place but could find themselves seven points behind leaders Arsenal by the time they kick-off, so victory against the high-flying Saints is vital to keep in touch.

Ahead of the game, boss Jose Mourinho has been speaking at his weekly press conference and gave reporters today a team news and injury update including the latest on Samuel Eto’o, David Luiz and Ashley Cole.

Defender Luiz missed the midweek defeat to Basel with a knee injury picked up against West Ham and although he’s returned to training with the squad on Friday, this weekend is likely to come too soon for him to make a comeback.

Eto’o was forced off against the Swiss champions on Tuesday night and Mourinho has revealed the striker has suffered a grade one muscle injury and is set to be out for around two weeks.

Here’s what the Chelsea boss told reporters today:

“David trained today with the team for the first time but it was the first time and doesn’t look as if he’s in condition to be back for this weekend.

“Eto’o is out but it’s a grade one muscular injury – we think two weeks. I’m throwing a number – it will not be a month. 10 days, 15 days, 17 days. Around two weeks.”

Ashley Cole has been left out in recent weeks as he continues to struggle with a rib injury, with Cesar Azpilicueta preferred at left-back, but Mourinho has praised the defenders attitude and confirmed he’ll be back in the first team over the next few games.

“He [Cole] will [play],” he added. “Lots of matches now. It’s time for the squad.

“Now it’s time for everybody to feel they have a chance. We play Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday. Southampton, Sunderland and Stoke.

“So the SSS week. Ash will play for sure and will have the chance to prove it’s fine.

“His attitude is phenomenal. The same attitude as when he trained with me for the first time.

“He has a fantastic attitude. He went through a difficult period and Azpilicueta is playing fantastic. Ashley’s attitude is an example.”

What team would you like to see start against Southampton? Share your suggestions below.


  1. amaechi unya

    November 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Get us a new striker in january plssssssssssss

  2. mufutau samuel

    November 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Pls get us a goal machine nw

  3. Vinny

    November 30, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Dont realise David Luiz on january please

  4. Ebere Loveday Ogbenneah

    November 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

    The last mistake we Chelsea did is allowing mourinho back to standford bridge and we should have continue with Rafa Benitez who did not inherit full squard that Mourinho had now and yet he Mouriho is rather busy trying to selling our best players and leaving the dead players like Terry and Lampard to run thinks in Chelsea. The day Revange Mourinho back to Chelsea sells David Luiz and Mata who is our best players before Mourinho’s second revenge to Chelsea stated. Mourinho will distoy himself thinking that he is doing Chelsea with his personally hatered to one player to another and that will mark the beginning of his down fall in Chelsea. Mourinho the trouble maker, learn how to maintain peace with your players and stop taking rubbish all the time.He would allow the Kevin de Bruyne to head to Dortmond and Chelsea would have gain £15 million and now he mess up the boy caceer and now wants another .Mourinho should be probe for mismanagement of players.

  5. cyrillokamdem

    November 30, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Cristiano est le ballon d’or 2013

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