Chelsea v Newcastle Treatment Room
We are proud to bring you the Chelsea v Newcastle Treatment Room, the latest in our regular feature where before each match, industry specialist Ben Dinnery brings you all the latest injury news ahead of the game.
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Contrasting fortunes for tomorrow’s sides as Chelsea, brimming full with confidence following an assured performance at The Etihad take on a Newcastle team, still reeling from a derby day defeat and settling down to life without influential midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
A trip to Stamford Bridge is never ideal but the fact that Mourinho managed to halt the Manchester City juggernaut, keeping his side within touching distance of top spot and putting daylight between themselves and Liverpool in fourth place, gives his side extra impetus for a big performance; despite quotes during today’s press-conference The Chosen One will see this as very much a winnable game.
“Cabaye is one of the best midfielders we had in the Premier League and they did not replace him but they have a good team and they know they can beat us. Alan is a good coach and I think it’s a difficult game.”
It’s hard to see Newcastle building upon their recent record which has seen us win three of our last four matches against Chelsea.
For Newcastle the week went from bad to worse, as firstly stand-in skipper Cheick Tiote damaged a hamstring in training which is expected to sideline the Ivorian for a minimum of two weeks, while captain Fabricio Coloccini who had targeted a return, has been ruled out for a further three weeks with the knee injury he picked up at West Brom on New Year’s Day.
Loic Remy serves the second of his three game ban, which makes the potential absence of Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran a little harder to take, both players are said to be “struggling”.
On a brighter note Newcastle will have Sammy Ameobi available after the forward departed at half-time against Sunderland because of illness, while Gabriel Obertan has recovered from a minor knee injury.
Chelsea on the other hand have a wealth of talent at their disposal with Jose Mourinho confirming new signing Mohamed Salah is in line for his debut, while another January transfer window purchase, Nemanja Matic, would be very unfortunate to lose his place following his man-of-the-match performance against City.
One player who will miss out however is striker Fernando Torres, despite a return to training midweek – the player is lacking match fitness and will not be risked.
Long-term absentee Marco van Ginkel is progressing well following surgery on a ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury but the Dutch midfielder will not return until April.
Chelsea will also assess the fitness of one or two other playerswho are carrying minor problems ahead of the game; at the time of writing there is no indication of whether Billy the Masseuse will conduct Saturday’s pre-match team-talk.
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