Chelsea FC striker Fernando Torres is likely to miss out against Aston Villa, while David Luiz and Ashley Cole are yet to recover.
Jose Mourinho doesn’t have any new injury concerns to contain with as they travel to face Aston Villa on Saturday. David Luiz, who last start for the Blues was in the 2-0 loss to Manchester City in the FA Cup, is yet to recover from his groin injury and the defender will also miss out their midweek Champions League clash against Galatasaray. The Brazilian defender does have a chance of returning to first team action ahead of Chelsea’s vital clash against Arsenal next weekend.
Mourinho confirmed the unavailability of David Luiz and Ashley Cole, who picked up an injury in training following his appearance for England in the international friendly against Denmark earlier this month.
“We will have no David and no Ashley.” – The Chelsea manager said.
There are also doubts about the fitness of Fernando Torres ahead of this fixture. The Spaniard was expected to start in the match against Spurs but limped-out in the during the warm-up ahead of the game. Mourinho revealed that Torres has recovered well and could feature in tomorrow’s match.
“Fernando is much, much better. Maybe I’ll take him tomorrow, maybe I won’t take him and I’ll try everything for Tuesday. It depends on today’s training and conversations after the session, but yesterday he looked okay.
“The dedication to the recovery was great by him and the physios. He’s tried everything to recover. If you feel it during the game maybe the adrenalin takes you through, but when you feel it in the warm-up before the game you don’t risk it.” – Mourinho added.
The Chelsea boss is likely to have one eye on the upcoming second leg of their European tie against Galatasaray and his team selection could be affected by that. But Mourinho’s priority at the moment is likely to maintain their lead at the top and it will be important to maintain that balance and not take Aston Villa too lightly. He would look to win the game first and then take his key players off in the second half to provide them with adequate rest.
This means there could be two changes to the side he fielded against Spurs last weekend. Mourinho will switch back to a more conventional 4-2-3-1 formation, instead of the counter-attacking 4-3-3 he started with at Stamford Bridge against Spurs. Nemaja Matic and Ramires will drop back to the pivot, while Oscar will replace Frank Lampard in the middle of the park. Willian, who started on the bench in the last game, will replace Andre Schurrle in attack.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Cech (GK); Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Ramires; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o