Chelsea’s injury crisis up front may force Jose Mourhino to hand a shock start to teenage striker Dominic Solanke against Arsenal on Sunday in a crucial premier league game. Chelsea are currently sweating on the fitness of Loic Remy and Didier Drogba with Diego Costa already ruled out of the clash.
Mourinho has confirmed to press men Remy is only 50/50 for the match against Arsenal as he is currently down with an ankle injury. Mourinho went on to confirm Diego Costa will be returning to training next week while just yesterday Drogba was ruled out of a charity match he was to play in due to an ankle injury he picked up against Manchester United last weekend.
Should both Remy and Drogba fail to get fit in time for the Arsenal clash, Mourinho may be left with no other option than to call on 19 year old Dominic Solanke. With Patrick Bamford currently on loan to Middlesbrough, Dominic Solanke has climbed up the pecking order at Chelsea. He was on the bench when Chelsea defeated Manchester United last weekend. He has so far this season scored a total of 12 goals in nine games for Chelsea team that won the UEFA youth league.
Solanke not only now regularly trains with the first team, he was also invited by England boss Roy Rodgson to train with England’s senior team last month.
Although Mourinho could decide to play Eden Hazard upfront but considering how Hazard has been playing from the flank, Mourinho may be forced to give Dominic Solanke a rare start.