Mourinho gives latest Chelsea injury update ahead of Man United clash
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Loic Remy has more than a '50 per cent chance' of facing Manchester United
Jose Mourinho says Loic Remy has a fighting chance of lining up against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
The France international missed Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road in the west London derby last weekend after the striker picked up a calf injury.
Diego Costa is still recovering from a hamstring problem that forced the 26-year-old striker off inside 12 minutes of their 2-1 win against Stoke City earlier this month.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has been deployed in the last two league games, but Mourinho confirmed that Remy has more than a 50 per cent chance of facing the Louis van Gaal’s side.
“I don’t know. He has a chance to play [better than 50/50],” Mourinho told his pre-match media conference at Cobham on Friday afternoon.
Costa, who is the Premier League’s joint top-scorer alongside Harry Kane with 19 strikes, was initially thought to be out-of-action until May.
However, Mourinho revealed that the Spain international has made a return to training and should link up with the rest of his team-mates at Cobham next week.
Mourinho added: “[He is] progressing very well. He has a chance for next weekend. As we were saying. Our target was for Diego to play the last four matches and Arsenal is the sixth match to the end.
“If he doesn’t play against Arsenal or Leicester, it isn’t a problem. But things are going so well he has a chance. He is training and he will train with the rest of the squad next week.”
Chelsea are eight points clear of third-placed United.