Holland gives latest Chelsea injury update ahead of cup clash
Midfielder Ramires is ruled out of Chelsea's League Cup clash with Bolton with an abductor muscle injury
Ramires has been ruled out of Chelsea’s League Cup clash with Bolton with an abductor muscle injury, Steve Holland has confirmed.
The Brazilian was substituted in the second half of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City and will miss Wednesday’s game at Stamford Bridge.
“Ramires had a problem in his abductor muscle in the game which resulted in him being substituted in the second half,” said Holland.
“It is a minor injury but it will keep him out of the game against Bolton and we will review him in the days following that.”
The Chelsea coach, who faced the media on Tuesday instead of manager Jose Mourinho, also confirmed that the Blues would use the third-round clash with Bolton as a chance to rotate players.
“We haven’t finalised the squad for tomorrow yet,” he added.
“We have looked at the players following the game against Manchester City and it is an opportunity to rotate, we will do that for sure, but in terms of who is playing and who isn’t, that is unclear.
“For the first weeks of the season we have had one game a week and the international break. Now the two games-a-week cycle kicks in and it is important you have a pool of players who are ready to handle that schedule.
“Last week was the first European matches and there were four English clubs in the Champions League and two in the Europa League, and only one managed to be unbeaten in the games before and after the European game and in the European game, so it is that time of the season when it is demanding and we are very fortunate to have great depth in quality.
“We have a small group of players who I am sure have been frustrated not to have played more and will possibly have the opportunity to show what they can do tomorrow.”