Chelsea FC will still be without Fernando Torres for the match against Newcastle United as Mourinho refuses to risk him immediately.
Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho has only couple of injury concerns heading into the fixture against Newcastle United. Fernando Torres, whose last start for the Blues in the league was against Hull City in January, remains unavailable for this game as he is yet to fully recover from his knee injury. Jose Mourinho insists that the former Liverpool striker has made good progress in his recovery and won’t risk him before he gains full fitness. Torres could be back in first team action for Chelsea’s next game against West Bromwich Albion. The only other injury concern is that of Marco van Ginkel.
“He’s almost there, but not there. We won’t risk him, if it was the last game of the season I would say let’s go and do it. But we have lots of matches to play and it’s not right to risk him now.
“If we lose a player now we lose him for a long time, it’s not the moment to lose players, it’s the moment to help them out. Tuesday is a much better possibility.
“We have a couple of little things that we need to assess, not really injuries, but in terms of injuries it’s only Nando and Van Ginkel.” – The Chelsea manager said.
Jose Mourinho is expected to make only one change to the starting eleven he deployed against Manchester City in their last game. In a tactical move the Chelsea manager used Ramires on the right wing with David Luiz starting alongside Nemanja Matic in the pivot as Mourinho looked to provide more defensive cover to his side against City’s famed attack. But against Newcastle United, Mourinho is expected to switch back to his normal line-up. Here is a detailed look the tactics that Chelsea could use against Newcastle United.
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Oscar, who featured as a substitute against Manchester City, is expected to move back into the starting line-up with David Luiz dropping back to the bench. This of course means that Ramires will move back to his role in the pivot alongside Matic, there also remains a possibility of Mourinho using Frank Lampard in this match. Mohamed Salah is also likely to earn his Chelsea debut in this game, although he will start from the bench.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Cech (GK); Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Eto’o