Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink addressed the press ahead of our next game against Newcastle in the Premier League, and gave an update on the general fitness state of our squad. Firstly, Hiddink revealed that Costa will join the club of the Blues' Masked Man as he broke his nose in a training session yesterday.
Guus says Diego Costa broke his nose in training yesterday. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 12 fevereiro 2016
Guus expects Diego to be available for Saturday's game. He says the incident was an accidental one as he challenged for a header. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 12 fevereiro 2016
While Radamel Falcao is still recovering, Hiddink is confident that Alexandre Pato will be ready to get back on the pitch next weekend. That's a much better prognosis than what we'd been hearing up to this point.
Guus says he expects the squad to stay the same until the end of the season. He adds Falcao is still recovering. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 12 fevereiro 2016
Guus says Pato won't be available this weekend but he is doing well with extra programmes. The aim is for him to be back next weekend. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 12 fevereiro 2016
Hiddink also said that injuries to players such as Kurt Zouma are very unfortunate, but that they could also open up space for young players to emerge in the first-team.
Guus says it is real shame Zouma will be out for so long especially as he was in good form and the Euros in France are coming up. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 12 fevereiro 2016
Guus says there are many options to cover for Zouma's absence in the forthcoming months. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 12 fevereiro 2016
Guus says injuries to some players will give chances to others: 'We have no fear of bringing youngsters in'. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 12 fevereiro 2016
Given the evidence, the last part is certainly easier said than done. But with the squad options getting thinner and the winter transfer window shut, maybe Hiddink's words will turn out to be more than wishful thinking this time around.