Apr 182015
 

Didier Drogba

With Chelsea closing in on their first league title in 5 years, they will host current third-place side Manchester United this Saturday without top scorer Diego Costa. Manchester United are in excellent form, having won 7 Premier League games in a row.

Costa’s injuries have become somewhat chronic as of late, as he has missed numerous games here and there throughout the year with the same nagging hamstring injury. Consequently, without Diego, Chelsea’s attack has been their achilles heel. With second stringer Loic Remy also said to be recovering from a leg injury, this leaves legend Didier Drogba as their only 100% healthy option.

Drogba is definitely capable of playing and getting Chelsea the goal with the help of the midfielder but considering his age, he is definitely not able to play for for 90 minutes.

Last week against Queens Park Rangers he looked less than his usual strong self during his first stint at Chelsea, just a step slower than everyone which is expected if you consider he is not as young as he was during his first stint with the blues. It should not be forgotten that he is now 35 years old, and Premier League defenses are more complete than ever. On the other hand, Jose Mourinho says that Frenchman Loic “will be okay” to play on Saturday. That remains to be seen.

However, if Remy is fit enough to play, it remains to be seen whether Mourinho will start the Frenchman or play him from the bench and start with Drogba instead.

 Posted by at 11:02 am
Apr 162015
 

Chelsea Squad

According to a report by English media out let daily star, Chelsea on loan midfielder Victor Moses has returned back to Chelsea from Stoke City after suffering a season ending hamstring injury.

The Nigerian had joined Stoke City from Chelsea in the summer on a season long loan deal but has now had his season cut short after making a total of 19 premier league appearances for the potters prior to picking up the injury in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw away to West Ham.

According to the report, Stoke city have been forced to send the Nigerian attacker back to Chelsea after a scan at the club’s training ground revealed a problem with the tendon in his hamstring.

There had been reports of Stoke City manager Mark Hughes wanting to make the loan deal a permanent one in the summer but that may now be in doubt now as a result of the player’s injury.

Moses signed for Chelsea from Wigan in a deal reportedly worth £9m after helping the lactics avoid relegation in the 2011/2012 season but he has failed to leave up to expectation ever since he joined Chelsea. He spent last seaosn on loan to Liverpool where he could only muster six EPL appearances all season.

His career had before the injury seemed to be on a rival after he created 32 chances for Stoke City in the league, just one less than Stoke’s most creative player so far in the league this season Marko Arnautovic.

 Posted by at 4:15 pm
Apr 152015
 

Diego Costa

Sitting at the top of the Premier League, Chelsea have not been without their fair share of injuries this season. Boasting one of the best medical teams in the game, thankfully our injury list has been less serious than other teams such as Arsenal and Manchester United.

The most prolific of our injuries has been with Diego Costa, who has a returning hamstring problem. This is the kind of injury that will not go away without surgery, though both Chelsea and his previous side Atletico Madrid have been reluctant to give this the thumbs up. Costa will want this injury gone, but his thirst to play for his team means he keeps returning before he has fully recovered.

He famously played just 9 minutes in the Champions League final for Atletico versus Real Madrid, leaving the pitch in tears. He had tried an interesting method before the final to try and get back to health in using horse placenta to treat the injured hamstring. A disappointing World Cup campaign for Spain meant that the striker could return and focus on getting better, though still not going under the knife.

Late in the current season he finds himself coming on at half time and lasting just 11 minutes during Chelsea’s game against Stoke, forcing a substitution for a substitute. Chelsea says he could make his return for the last 4 games of the season, perhaps joining the team against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea’s loanee Victor Moses has suffered a similar hamstring injury and has been ruled out for the season. The Stoke forward has returned to Chelsea to receive treatment. It is not known if he will return to Stoke at the start of next season, his loan deal is currently just for the 2014-15 season.

Cesc Fabregas will be playing with a protective mask after being elbowed in the nose by wonder-goal scoring Charlie Adam during the game against Stoke.

John Obi Mikel returns to the team after a minor knee operation before the Capital One Cup final. Mikel is a useful member of the squad when deployed in the latter stages of a match and could be pivotal in our game against Manchester United.

As you can see this injury list is not too serious, aside from missing top scorer Diego Costa. We continue our good run in his absence and are reminded that a team is bigger than a player, no matter how good his stats are.

 Posted by at 4:21 pm
Apr 152015
 

Chelsea Squad

After a shaky start, Manchester United are back in the top four with their elbows out, ready to take on Premier League leaders Chelsea. United’s star players have been riddled with injury this season. Though it seems the Manchester United medical team have given the thumbs up for three players to rejoin the squad.

Could they be key components in Saturday’s clash between Chelsea and Manchester United?

Luke Shaw, whom we thought was Chelsea bound, has struggled to keep fit. Louis van Gaal notably made Shaw stay to train on his own after claiming he had returned from international duty unfit. Shaw will be returning to the United squad for this weekend’ss clash but I think although he offers better pace than his left-back counterpart Blind, he will not play. Van Gaal has finally struck a rich vein of form and will not be quick to change the ingredients of his winning side.

Michael Carrick worried Manchester United fans after hobbling off in the last few minutes of the Manchester derby, leaving the team with just 10 men. After examinations, this was not thought to be serious and he is set to play against Chelsea this weekend. This is not good news for Chelsea as it’s certainly no coincidence that when the vice-captain is fit United seem to win most games. Carrick is an important cog in United’s team structure as he controls the tempo of the game, passes intelligently and is good at instructing the centre backs on which moves to make.

Michael Carrick is important to Manchester United’s team in the same way that Nemanja Matic is pivotal in Chelsea’s. They are both the kind of players whose worth you might not fully realise until they miss a game. I think people forget, just because they are not up there scoring numerous goals, they are running the game from midfield and the whole operation would not run as smoothly without them.

Robin van Persie could also be fit in time for Saturday’s match. Although in the past he has been a vital part in United’s winning mentality, his return has divided the opinions of fans. During his time out injured United have bounced back and are climbing the Premier League table, hoping to finish above Arsenal in second position. So would it be best to introduce him back into the side who are working so well without him?

That is what the fans are concerned about, though I think perhaps they have stopped trying to understand what Dutchman Louis van Gaal’s thought process is. He may choose to start his compatriot, but I think having RVP on the bench is a far better option; he could be a deadly impact substitution. He is a risk to us because he scored against Chelsea in the previous tie but I think we ought to be more worried about the attacking prowess of Wayne Rooney who is finally back in position and doing what he loves best – scoring.

It will be an interesting game, mainly because if Manchester United’s form had been this great from the very beginning of the season the title race would be a much closer affair. I think those returning to the United side from injury will be a good asset to their entire squad, but they will not be the game changers this Saturday.

 Posted by at 2:27 pm
Apr 082015
 

Diego Costa

Chelsea are set to be without big money summer signing, Diego Costa, when they take on Manchester United in a crunch Premier league encounter on the 18th of April 2015.

Diego Costa who has a reoccurring hamstring injury problem which has lasted for up to a year, limped off the pitch just ten minutes after coming on against Stoke City at the weekend. Prior to the game, the Spanish International had been certified fit after he also was substituted against Hull City two weeks ago due to the same hamstring injury.

The Blues had earlier hoped that Diego Costa would only miss the London derby against bottom of the table Queens Park Rangers, but a scan carried out has shown that Costa would need more time to recover from the hamstring injury. The Brazilian who played for Spain at the world cup joined Chelsea in the Summer from Atletico Madrid for around £32 million has scored 19 goals already in his first season with the Londoners after a disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil.

His goals have propelled Chelsea to the Premier League summit where they have been all season, and after their hard fought win against Hull City and Stoke City, the blues now have 70 points and are seven points clear of second place Arsenal who have moved above Manchester City after they failed to win against Crystal Palace on Monday night.

In Diego Costa’s absence, the Chelsea fans can be rest assured that in Loic Remy, they have a capable replacement who is able to score goals for them. The Frenchman has already showed his eye for goal whenever given the opportunity to play for Chelsea and in their previous two games, Loic Remy has scored the winning goals in Costa’s absence.

While Chelsea may be looking for another striker in the summer to ease the pressure on 25- year old Diego Costa, Loic Remy has shown that he is capable of scoring goals as well, but might be on his way in the summer should the Blues get another striker. He would become the third choice striker which means his chances of playing would be significantly reduced. In recent weeks, Remy has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace to join up with former manager, Alan Pardew.

 Posted by at 2:12 pm
Dec 032014
 

Jose Mourinho has played down the impact Diego Costa’s absence will have on Chelsea when they take on London rival Tottenham Hotspur in the week 14 midweek league match on Wednesday night.

Chelsea will be without their goal talisman when Spurs come visiting due to suspension. Costa will be suspended after picking up his fifth league booking against Sunderland when it appeared his arm caught Wes Brown in the face during the barren draw against the Black Cats on Saturday.

After the game ended, attention quickly turned to the midweek game against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs with the media hinting that the prolific hit man will be greatly missed for the midweek game.

Mourinho has however, come out to state that there will be no problem for his side with Diego Costa sitting out the game.

No, Mourinho replied when asked if Chelsea will encounter difficulties with Costa suspension.

Well play Loic Remy or Didier Drogba. We dont cry about injured players or about suspended players.

If hes suspended, hes suspended. He can rest, he can be fresh against Newcastle and against Tottenham, Drogba and Remy will have their opportunity to start the game. No problem, lets go.

Diego Costa has been a big hit at Chelsea since joining in the summer but Chelsea have shown in previous games that they can still play and win without the powerful striker. Chelsea have played a couple of league games this season while Costa was side-lined with injury and the team did look impressive in those games as when the 26-year-old striker was in the line-up.

Back-ups- Didier Drogba and Loic Remy have shown that they can ably stand in for Costa when called upon. Drogba has scored vital goals for Chelsea this season especially in the Champions league. Remy also has been good in the few games he has played so far for the club. He has also shown he can get goals for the club when called upon.

Every manager would want a Diego Costa in their team starting every of their league game and Mourinho won’t be an exception. As much as his abilities and instinct in front of goal cannot be downplayed, Chelsea still have well enough fire-power in their ranks to be able to cope adequately well without Diego Costa on Wednesday.

Costa has been in scintillating form for Chelsea since making his 32million move to the West London outfit in the summer. He has score 11 premier league goals in 11 league appearances for the club this season.

He has slotted in into Jose Mourinho side effortlessly and has struck a perfect understanding with the rest of the team. The media has however, tried to raise dust over the players discipline with many labelling him as aggressive. He has become a target for most defenders who try to get under his skin during games.

His fifth yellow card, the most by any striker in the league this season will see him miss the Spur game but the club will look to get on without their goal machine. Costa will however be eligible to return to action when Chelsea travels to Tyneside to face Newcastle United on Saturday.

In his absence, Mourinho has hinted that Loic Remy or Didier Drogba will start upfront for the club. Whoever among the two gets to start should be able to give the team the attacking impetus needed upfront to get a good result against Spurs.

 Posted by at 12:43 pm
Oct 302014
 

Chelsea are set to welcome Diego Costa and Ramires back into the fold after Jose Mourinho confirmed that both players could be in line for action against London rival QPR this Saturday.

“Without any further complications, Diego Costa and Ramires will be fit to face QPR at the weekend” Mourinho Said.

Both players have been out injured in recent weeks and it will be a huge boost having them back and fit. Diego Costa returned from international duties with Spain aggravating the hamstring injury that has plagued his early Chelsea career. The Spanish striker has nursed the same hamstring problem from his days at Atletico Madrid and has struggled with it since moving to Chelsea.

That has however, not hindered his form as the 26-year-old has been in excellent form for Chelsea. He is currently joint top scorer in the EPL with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero after scoring nine goals in seven league appearances for Chelsea. His form has also seen him win the first PFA player of the month for the season and also Fan’s player of the month in the month of September.

His latest injury has seen him miss four games in all competition for Chelsea including the crucial Manchester United game last weekend. Ramires on his part has not tasted action since limping off in the game against Manchester City on 21st of September with a muscle injury. He has missed 8games for Chelsea and also pulled out Brazil squad for their international friendlies against Argentina and Japan in October.

The return of the pair will be a huge boost to Jose Mourinho’s team especially Diego Costa. The Brazilian born striker has been in scintillating goal scoring form for Chelsea this season.

Loic Remy, the man seen as Diego Costa’s back-up also got injured when his service was needed most leaving Didier Drogba as the only true striker for the club. There were fears over the striker’s ability to lead the line bearing in mind he is 36 already. But the Ivorian showed that he is capable of standing in for Diego Costa. He has scored three goals in three consecutive games for Chelsea despite him himself not being fully fit.

But it is evident that Chelsea has not carried the same attacking threat as when Costa was on the pitch. Costa brings a lot of attacking threat into the team. His speed, skills and ability to run in behind defenders have coursed opposition a lot of troubles and that is what Chelsea have lacked in the few games he has not being around.

Against Manchester United, Chelsea did not really trouble a naive Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo partnership. Drogba, because of his age doesn’t possess that speed and power to run behind the defenders and he couldn’t be picked with a pass from midfielders like Oscar and Fabregas.

Though he will score Chelsea’s only goal from a set pieces but a Diego Costa would have ran that Manchester United’s defence ragged. It will be a straight walk into the starting XI for Diego Costa as he is Mourinho’s first-choice striker.

Ramires will also be important to the team but it won’t be a walk in the park for him into the first team as the partnership between Cesc Fabregas and Matic in his central midfield position has been a marvel to watch.

His coming back will however give the team a good option on the bench especially going into the hectic period of the season. Jose Mourinho would hope all his players remain fit even as they mount assault on the league title.

 Posted by at 6:35 pm
Oct 302014
 

Chelsea has had its own share of injury troubles this season but there could be some good news for the club from the injury front. A week ago, the injury situation was looking a bit scary with players like Diego Costa, Loic Remy, Ramires, Andre Schurrle  and John Mikel Obi all carrying one degree of injury or the other.

Mikel and Andre Schurrle have however returned to action against Manchester United and Shrewsbury town to the relief of the manager. There could be more good news for the fans as regarding injury situation at the club and here is the latest injury report from the Chelsea camp.

Loic Remy:

The French striker who picked up a groin injury after scoring Chelsea’s first goal against NK Maribor in the Uefa Champions League is still side lined.

Initially it was thought that his injury was a minor groin but after further diagnoses it was discovered that the player will need to spend up to three weeks on the side line to get his groin properly healed. It was expected the player will not be ready for action for the club until after the November International break with the player likely to make his return in the home game against West Bromwich Albion on November 22.

Diego Costa and Ramires:

There is however good news for Diego Costa and Ramires as both players could be set for action this weekend against QPR if there is no replace in their rehabilitation.

Manager Jose Mourinho earlier confirmed the pair will be in line for actions this weekend if they continue to make the right progress.

“Without any further complications, Diego Costa and Ramires will be fit to face QPR at the weekend” Mourinho Said.

Both players have returned to training this week and have shown signs of improvement in their fitness level.

Diego Costa has missed Chelsea’s last four matches after returning from international duty with an aggravated hamstring injury. His long standing hamstring injury has plagued his early Chelsea career and the club will hope he is able to put that behind him and continue in his scintillating form which has seen him net 9goals in 7 league appearances for the club.

Ramires also has missed eight matches since limping off against Manchester City at the Etihad on September 21st. The return of both players will be a huge boost for Jose Mourinho side.

Wallace:

Another Chelsea player got on the injury list. This time, it is loaned Wallace Oliveira Dos Santos who is on loan at Dutch side Vitesse. The youngster is said to have broken his left hand during the 2-2 draw with NAC Breda in the Dutch Eredivisie over the weekend.

The player was taken to hospital after the game and a scan has shown that the 20-year-old has fractured his hand. The player is expected to be able to continue to play with the club looking for some sort of special cast the Brazilian can wear over the hand in order to continue to play.

Wallace is however, expected to be fit to play in his side’s visit to FC Utrecht this weekend.

 Posted by at 6:17 pm
Oct 292014
 

Didier Drogba is beginning to hit fine form for Chelsea after netting again for the Blues in their 2-1 win over Shrewsbury making it his third goal in three games for the club since he came on as a substitute for Loic Remy who picked a groin injury in the champions league match against NK Maribor.

There were fears in many quarters how Chelsea are going to cope when it emerged that first choice strikers Diego Costa and Loic Remy would be side lined for a lengthy time, but Drogba have quelled those fears by making sure he gets the needed goals for the club to thrive without Costa and Remy. His performances might not have matched the younger Drogba but he has done a decent job for the club.

With Drogba’s recent display for the club, many are now requesting Diego Costa should be given well enough time to recover from his injury knowing full well that Drogba can stand in for the Spaniard while he get his injury woes is sorted out once and for all. Chelsea’s super striker has had his fine early season scoring form hampered by a series of hamstring injuries. The striker has struggled with his hamstring since making his £32m move to Chelsea from La Liga champion Atletico Madrid.

The player is currently side lined for three weeks after returning from international duty with Spain nursing the same injury. He already missed the game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, the Maribor game at Stamford Bridge, Manchester United match as well as the Capital One Cup game against Shrewsbury.

It emerged earlier this week that the 26-year-old will need to undergo surgery to get his hamstring niggles sorted and could be out for six week if the surgery takes place.

Though the surgery is not seen as immediate and there are reports the club could delay the surgery till the summer so that Costa could take part in most club’s games. This, I think is not the best for both player and club. There is no point managing a player through injury when the player can go for surgery and be up and running for the club in six weeks.

More so, Chelsea has adequate cover for Costa in Remy and Drogba. Though Remy is currently injured but he is expected to be back in less than a week from now. Drogba too has shown that he is still capable of leading the line for the club. Chelsea simply has a decent option in Drogba and should give Costa time to sort his injury problems. Hamstring injuries are injuries that require time as a natural healing process.

When Loic Remy do make his return he will give Chelsea a greater option and will help ease the burden off Drogba’s shoulder. There is no point therefore, rushing Diego Costa back as the club is relatively faring well without him thanks to Didier Drogba who has stepped up his game despite he himself not being fully fit.

Costa will return after his surgery a fitter player and putting his injury woes behind him, can help the club title push through the Christmas hectic period into the run-ins of the season. Chelsea have already played most of the top teams in the league and can take on upcoming opponents with relative ease while Costa goes for surgery and makes his return.

 Posted by at 2:20 pm
Oct 242014
 

Chelsea’s super striker has had his fine early season scoring form hampered by a series of hamstring injuries. The striker has struggle with his hamstring since making his £32m move to Chelsea from La Liga champion Atletico Madrid.

The player is currently sidelined for three weeks after returning from international duty with Spain nursing the same injury. He already missed the game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and the Maribor game at Stamford Bridge but there are speculations he could be rushed back from injury to face Manchester United on Sunday after Loic Remy(his back-up) also pulled out of the Maribor game with a groin injury.

The decision to rush Diego Costa back could be one that will be too costly for the club to make. It is time Diego Costa be given the adequate time he requires to rest his muscles. Hamstring injuries are basically a result of tightening of muscles around the thigh and the best known natural cure is to give the muscle enough time to relax. Rushing the player back is to put more load on an already “tired muscle”.

Diego Costa has not been given the necessary rest his muscles requires to heal properly right from his days at Atletico Madrid.   Costa sustained this hamstring injury during his days at Atletico Madrid in the run-in to the La Liga title and the Champions league final. Costa was rushed back from the injury by manager Diego Simeone for the Atletico vs Barcelona game and the Champions league final against city rival Real Madrid.

He was however, substituted on both occasions with the injury growing worse. His participation with the Spanish national team at the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil meant that he did not have enough time to recover from the injury before making his £32m move to Chelsea.

Coming to Chelsea, Costa has kick off in a flying start scoring goals after goals thus making it difficult for the manager to rest him in games. He has played virtually in all of Chelsea’s games before the international break.

Mourinho at one point has expressed fear that Costa cannot train with the rest of the squad after every match just to relax his muscle. His inability to train after games means he can’t play matches in quick succession. It is therefore, high time Chelsea gave Costa the rest he requires to get his muscles relaxed and properly healed.

It will be a hard decision to take but one that will be in the best interest of both the player and the club. If given the necessary time off, Costa will come back fit and better for the club while the reverse could be the case if rushed back from injury as has been done in past months.

Chelsea have really looked impressive and scoring goals in the two matches they’ve played in his absence. The players that have come in have put in their best and the team have shown that goals can come from any department of the team.

Aside the United game, Chelsea’s next three fixtures against ShrewBury Town(A), QPR(H) and Maribor(A) are ones the club can win without him. Chelsea and Costa will be safe if Jose Mourinho does not rush the 26-year-old back to action against Manchester United.

Costa can take enough time to rest his troubling muscles and make his return to action against Liverpool on November 8 as rest is simply what the striker needs to get back to his devastating best.

 Posted by at 2:46 pm