LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Chelsea forward Loic Remy will miss the English Premier League clash with Manchester United, but Jose Mourinho says Diego Costa could play at Old Trafford.
Remy suffered a groin injury in Chelsea’s commanding Champions League 6-0 victory over Maribor on Tuesday night and has been ruled out of the contest.
The Frenchman was hoping to recover in time to play a part in the away clash, but Mourinho says it won’t be happening.
“The only (player) that I can confirm has no chance (of playing) is Remy,” the Chelsea manager said. “I would say two weeks, three weeks (out).”
However, Mourinho is not completely writing off Costa’s chances of playing, despite the Spanish forward struggling to recover from a hamstring injury he sustained on international duty.
Costa, who joined Chelsea in the summer from Atletico Madrid, has scored nine goals in seven Premier League games so far, but did miss the Blues’ last two games.
“Diego has a little chance,” Mourinho revealed. “I’m not saying he can (play). I’m saying that we are trying.
“We will see what happens between Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“Everything happened to him. He was obviously injured and he had to go to the hospital with a viral situation that we didn’t manage to resolve without being in hospital over one night.”
With Remy out and Costa a serious doubt, veteran forward Didier Drogba, who played and scored in the midweek Champions League at home, could lead the attacking line for the on form Blues.
Chelsea leads the English Premier League table standings with 22 points from eight games, 10 more points than Man United in sixth place, but Mourinho is still expecting a tough game on the road.
“For me it doesn’t matter the manager, the moment, the table, the players – Man United is Man United and I always look at them independent of these factors,” the Portuguese coach said.
“I like to play big matches, I like to play against the best teams. I like to play in the most difficult stadiums.”
He added: “I know the risk of not getting a good result is bigger in big matches. But I always like.
“For me to go to Old Trafford – I did it with four different clubs, with Porto, with Inter, with Real Madrid and with Chelsea – I like to go there, I like to play there.”