Chelsea face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday in what promises to be a thrilling affair. The game will be the Blues’ first in 2016 and they will surely be eager to open the year’s account on a good note. More so as Guus Hiddink will also be chasing his first three points as interim coach of the club after replacing Jose Mourinho.
Ahead of the clash, the Dutchman has released latest team news and injury status of the team. Strikers, Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy, alongside central defender, Gary Child, are all major doubts for the fixture. Falcao has been out of action for a while now battling a niggling muscle injury. Though the Colombian forward has returned back to the training ground, he is considered not yet fully fit to play this weekend. That means he’ll have to wait until the following weekend for a chance against Scunthorpe United in the FA cup.
Another blow for Chelsea in attack is Loic Remy. Remy missed the 0-0 clash against Manchester United due to a calf injury, and he looks set to miss this weekend’s encounter yet again. The good news for the Blues in that department is that Diego Costa is available for the game after serving a one match suspension (for a fifth yellow card).
Gary Cahill is a 50-50 bet to feature. According to the Chelsea boss, Cahill did not train due to the tightness he felt in his ankle ligaments. He will now face a late fitness test to determine his availability.
Hiddink also revealed that the midfield trio of Oscar, Willian and Hazard picked up knocks during the Old Trafford clash but have shaken them off and returned to full training. More good news for the Blues… Cesc Fabregas overcame a fever bout and played full ninety minutes in training against Chelsea’s youth side.
Hiddink disclosed to Chelseafc.com,
“We had two tough games, the physical intensity was high in both games, but in principle we didn’t get big damage. Oscar was a bit hurt, Willian got some tackles, Eden too. It was intense but today they were recovering on the pitch which means they are okay. Cesc was in this morning. We played a full game with the Academy and he played the full game. He is over his temperature problems”.
“Falcao I doubt [will be fit for Sunday”, Hiddink continued. ”
He has the same injury as last week when we tested him. Loic Remy is also doubtful. Gary Cahill didn’t go on to the pitch this morning which means he has a little problem but we have several days to go in preparation for Sunday so I’m not negative regarding Cahill. He has an ankle injury. Some ligaments are a little bit tight”.