Chelsea’s Remy expected to miss Man Utd clash

With Diego Costa struggling for fitness Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho now has to prepare for Sunday’s clash with Manchester United without striker Loic Remy after he was injured in the 6-0 victory over Maribor on Tuesday, according to the BBC.

Remy opened the scoring during Chelsea’s new record victory in the Champions League but in doing so picked up a muscular injury that forced him off minutes after the restart.

Diego Costa, who has bagged nine goals already for the Blues since joining over the summer from Atletico Madrid, was already ruled out of the game following continued hamstring troubles that have plagued the striker since last season.

36-year-old Didier Drogba replaced Frenchman Remy after 15 minutes and reopened his Chelsea account after slotting home his side’s first penalty of the night and is expected to start at the weekend despite playing 75 minutes midweek.

Mourinho is not worried by his growing lack of strikers however and has faith in whoever he chooses to field.

He said: “I’m not worried. We don’t cry on injuries.

“It’s our philosophy, we don’t cry. We just think one injury means an opportunity for somebody else.

“We will prepare for the game [against Manchester United] Thursday, Friday, Saturday to try to be at our best possible level against an opponent which we respect very, very much.”

Mourinho’s Chelsea currently top both the Premier League by five points and their Champions League group by two – undefeated in both – and have been made strong favourites to lift both trophies.

But the Portuguese was keen to keep expectations grounded despite yet more impressive football on display from his players.

He added: “We are not even qualified for the next phase.

“The first objective is to qualify, second objective is to finish first in the group.”

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