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Good news on Rémy, bad news on Pato ahead of busy week for Chelsea FC

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There's news on Falcao, too, but that's wholly inconsequential.

Of greater consequence, certainly at the moment, is the expectation that Alexandre Pato won't be fit for another month.  A month!  According to the Evening Standard, he's expected back for the Paris Saint-Germain Champions League clash, except not this coming week's first leg, but rather the second leg on March 9.  Previous rumblings had claimed that it would take upwards of six weeks to get Pato into fighting shape.  While that timeline basically matches this newest report, it's still a bit jarring to see it spelled out like this.  Sadly, it reminds me of the time Arsenal signed Kim Källström on loan two years ago.  He made four appearances in six months for the Günners; we'll be lucky to get much more than that out Pato, I fear.

In happier news, it would appear that Loïc Rémy is getting back to full fitness and will be available for selection later this week (some sources even claim he'll be ready on Saturday).  The 29-year-old returned to training this week following a calf injury.  He's also been fairly heavily linked with a move to China, but in addition to potential haggles over the wages offered (£100k+ per-week), it would seem that Chelsea are also reluctant to sell the only (sort of) fit backup to Costa, though not because of the rumored £11-14m offers.  But after this week's all-important cup games against PSG and Manchester City, Rémy could be allowed to move.  Pato should be fit for the return leg in the Champions League Round of 16, as well as the FA Cup 6th round that following weekend, should we make it that far.