Mourinho gives latest Chelsea injury update ahead of Arsenal clash

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reveals former Gunners defender Ashely Cole won't be fit to face Arsenal on Saturday

Jose Mourinho's side are top of the table Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chelsea defender Ashley Cole won’t be fit to face Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The England international missed Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday after suffering a knee injury which ruled him out of training on Monday.

The 33-year-old defender had recovered from a groin injury which had kept the former Arsenal left-back sidelined in recent weeks, with Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of Cole in the pecking order.

I don’t accept the charges. I have to make it [my defence] Monday and I do it privately. For you it is enough to know for obvious reasons I don’t accept the charges

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea will also be without the suspended Ramires and Willian after the Brazilian pair were sent off during a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa at Villa Park last Saturday.

“[The] team news is that as a consequence of the last Saturday, we don’t have Ramires or Willian,” Mourinho told his pre-match media conference.

“Ashley Cole is still out. Marco van Ginkel is playing tonight against Manchester United in the Under-21 competition. Nothing else.”

Mourinho received his second improper conduct charge of the season from the FA on Wednesday after being sent off by referee Chris Foy at Villa Park.

And the Chelsea manager is planning to appeal the charge after he walked onto the pitch to challenge Foy in the closing moments of the loss.

“Yes I’ve decided,” Mourinho added.

“I don’t accept the charges. I have to make it [my defence] Monday and I do it privately. For you it is enough to know for obvious reasons I don’t accept the charges.”

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