With games coming thick and fast once again, I suppose it would be too optimistic and naive to expect the injury situation to change drastically in just a few days, from the weekend to midweek. And so, it once again appears that Chelsea will head into Wednesday's Premier League test at Watford with just one healthy striker.
Here's Guus Hiddink, from his pre-match press conference earlier today.
"As usual ... well I shouldn't say as usual, but Falcao is out. [Pause for laughter.] I like the guy, he is desperate to get fit and I don't like to say this but it's as it was last week."
We've reached the point where all even the manager can do is laugh at the absurdity of the Falcao situation. On a related note, Hiddink did not rule out a potential Chinese bid for Falcao. He didn't confirm it either. Nor did he confirm or deny anything related to what may have gone on with Remy in the transfer window. Speaking of which...
"I don't know if it's true that the club were prepared to sell him. You have to ask the other people. When Remy is fit, then he is one of us again. [...] Remy has injury on his calf since ten days, so he will not be available."
It's a good thing we signed Pato just for this very occasion, right?
"He is somewhere in fitness. Yesterday he had to do this bureaucratic stuff, which we have to accept, but he had to go out of the country. I don't know if he's up for the game, we'll decide late in the afternoon but he's been in preparations."
"Paperwork is all done, formally he is available,yes. But physically, mentally, is another thing. He has done few sessions with the whole team. We have to prepare him very well, and as soon as possible."
Oh. (Similarly, fellow new boy Matt Miazga isn't ready for action yet either.)
To make matter even worse, apparently Willian was not able to train yesterday due to somebody stepping on his foot Sunday against MK Dons. Following that game, Hiddink was unconcerned by the bruising, but apparently it's not something that can be completely dismissed just yet.
"Willian didn't go on the pitch yesterday because he had bruising on his foot. Today he will be on the pitch and we'll see how his reaction is after training."
It's a good thing Diego Costa is managing to stay healthy nowadays. Jinx!