John Obi Mikel’s agent confirmed that the Nigeria international underwent successful knee surgery earlier this week in a bid to solve a long-standing problem.
Mikel’s absence leaves Chelsea particularly light on defensive midfielders after Nemanja Matic was handed a two-game ban for his clash with Burnley’s Ashley Barnes last Saturday.
Speaking 10 years after his Chelsea side were 3-2 winners against Liverpool in the Portuguese’s first League Cup final, Mourinho confirmed the rest of his players are available.
“No [further problems]. Just Mikel and Matic,” Mourinho told a news conference conference at Cobham on Friday afternoon.
Spurs were eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday night after a 2-0 loss to Serie A side Fiorentina in Florence in the second leg of their last-16 tie.
However, the Chelsea manager played down the significance of Tottenham’s exertions in Europe’s second tier competition just days ahead of the Wembley final.
“The physical one I don’t think so,” Mourinho added.
“I don’t think they will play with a team that played yesterday. They’ll play with a couple of payers but no more than that.
“I don’t think the physical question is a [valid] point. They’ll be focused on the game.
“Yesterday was good for them because they played with players who won’t be in the final.”
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