Chelsea's fun 4-0 win over Aston Villas was tempered slightly by the injury-enforced absences of John Terry and Gary Cahill and the injury-enforced early substitution of Loïc Rémy.
Terry and Cahill were likely to comprise our first choice center back pairing, but neither were in the squad. Terry picked up a "knock on his Achilles in the week" while Cahill returned with some mystery injury from international duty. Could it be his old back problem flaring up? I'm just speculating here, mind. Hiddink didn't address the Terry problem, but he didn't sound too confident about having Cahill back for next weekend.
"He was on the bench [for England against the Netherlands], did the warming up, didn't play but came in the club a day later and appeared to have an injury. I cannot neglect the facts as they are. He didn't play but he came in to us with an injury."
"We will see what will happen with his progress in the upcoming days."
Still, the prognosis on Cahill sounded far more positive than the one on Loïc Rémy, who limped off with what's now being called a groin injury.
"The doctor has to be make his analysis and tomorrow we will know more. But if you go off with that kind of injury, you will not recover within a few days."
-Guus Hiddink; source: West London Sport
Last season, we used to joke that Rémy would pick up the most untimely injuries, limiting his usefulness and involvement as Diego Costa's backup. While Costa has been mostly healthy this season, Rémy has continued to be injured rather often. He had just finally recovered after missing almost two months.
With the tendency of groin injuries to linger well beyond the initial recovery period (took JT at least a month to get over his, for example), Rémy could very well be done for the season, which would also very likely mean that he's done for the rest of his Chelsea career. While his contract runs for two more seasons, he's widely expected to leave the club this summer.