Mourinho delivers latest Chelsea injury update ahead of Spurs clash

Jose Mourinho says Chelsa have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Sunday's League Cup final

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles at Cobham

Jose Mourinho says Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their clash against Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s League Cup final.

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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