Chelsea have managed to come away from the extremely busy holiday period without picking up any additional injuries, according to Guus Hiddink. The interim Blues manager filled us in on the latest injury news during his press conference on Wednesday morning:
'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]. 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.'
Fabregas' return to health may not be the most exciting news for Chelsea fans, as he's been mostly terrible during the 2015 calendar year. Still, it has always been the Arsenal way to follow a poor calendar year with a great one (without ever making that form last for an entire season), and given Cesc's time spent at the North London club, maybe he's about to turn the corner and have a great 2016.
The news on our backup strikers is less promising, though with Diego Costa back from his suspension, neither was likely to get a start anyway. The same was probably true for Gary Cahill, with Kurt Zouma and John Terry the likely center back pairing on Sunday.