Mourinho Offers Positive Injury Update After Gary Cahill Forced Off Against Spurs
Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Gary Cahill didn’t suffer concussion after being forced off at half-time during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Tottenham last night.
Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Gary Cahill didn’t suffer concussion after being forced off at half-time during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.
Cahill clashed heads with defender Jan Vertonghen in just the fourth minute at Stamford Bridge last night as he tried to clear a cross from Vlad Chiriches.
Both men were able to carry on after receiving lengthy treatment on the touchline but Cahill appeared to be shaken by the incident and lost a number of aerial duels throughout the course of the first half.
Mourinho decided to replace the England international with Kurt Zouma at the break leading to speculation Cahill may have suffered concussion. However, the Portuguese boss has now played down those fears and insists the 28-year-old is fine and doesn’t need any ‘special care’.
Speaking to Chelseafc.com after the game, Mourinho said when asked for an update on Cahill:
“He’s okay, he has no concussion and isn’t in need of special care. He was just a little bit afraid of heading the ball.”
Cahill’s replacement, Zouma, settled in well during the second half and Mourinho has reserved special praise for the youngster, insisting he has a bright future at the club.
“It was a good a good opportunity for Zouma, under pressure. Today was a real test and I’m so happy with his evolution since he arrived. He will be a big player for Chelsea for many years”
Despite Zouma’s encouraging performance, Chelsea fans will be relieved to hear Cahill is okay as he’s played a key role in the Blues success so far this season with the former Bolton man forming a rock-solid partnership with John Terry at the heart of defence.
Had Cahill suffered concussion, he would have been forced to rest for a week meaning he’d miss Saturday’s trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United.
Chelsea went on to beat Tottenham 3-0 last night thanks to goals from Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy to maintain their six point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
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