Following the big news on John Terry's contract situation, manager Guus Hiddink took over the podium at Cobham to speak to the media ahead of Chelsea's last game of the season - his own last game with the club as manager as well - against Leicester City in the Premier League.
First up, injury news. According to Hiddink, striker Diego Costa won't be available to play due to a hamstring injury but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who was a late scratch midweek thanks to 'not feeling well', should be back into the fray.
"Diego Costa will be out with his hamstring. This morning, Thibaut was training and should be ok."
-Guus Hiddink; Source: Get West London
While we had expected Costa to miss our last two games, it would appear that his latest hamstring injury could prove a bit more troublesome than originally expected, and could even interfere with next month's European Championships in France.
Guus says with a rest and good training, Diego Costa could be fit for Spain in Euro 2016 but he cannot be sure. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 13 de maio de 2016
Hiddink also hinted a bit at his team selection, and that's unlikely to please anyone.
Guus says he will not start any Academy players for the first time on Sunday. He says they have to make more steps up first. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) 13 de maio de 2016
The interim manager's insistence on playing first-team no-hopers and other senior figures who have long since checked out for the summer has put a particularly sour note on Hiddink's final days as Chelsea manager. The last day of the season, which hardly ever has anything riding on it, has long been an occasion to start Academy players.
Sure, a few can come on as substitutes (provided Hiddink even uses all three subs, which is hardly a given), but specifically and categorically opting not to start a youngster or two, and then claiming that they have to step up first is just hilarious and ludicrous and preposterous.