Monday, 29 February 2016
Guus Hiddink says Pato not ready to play 90 minutes, John Terry under treatment
Pato, who joined from Sao Paulo during the winter transfer window, hasn't suited up since the move, as he struggled with fitness as a result of not playing competitively since November.
Shortly after the signing, Hiddink revealed that the striker was going through double training sessions to get ready for the rest of the campaign, but during his Monday press conference, he announced that while Pato isn't ready for the full 90 minutes, he will be able to play a part in Chelsea's match against Norwhich City on Tuesday at Carrow Road.
The manager also told the media that in-form striker Diego Costa could be rested in order to keep him fresh for the Blues' second-leg Champions League clash vs Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge next month.
Guus says Pato is not ready for 90 minutes but he is ready to play part of the game.
From all indications, the captain John Terry will have to wait a bit longer to make his 700th appearance for the club.
The captain is still sidelined with a hamstring injury, and the Norwich game comes too soon.
Guus says John Terry is in treatment and he will see how he reacts during training this week.
Spanish winger Pedro is also set to miss Tuesday's match. He hobbled off just seven minutes into the game against Southampton on Saturday, and is currently undergoing treatment for a hamstring injury as well.
Fortunately, the Blues have adequate cover in sore areas, with Branislav Ivanovic giving a good account of himself in the centre-back position, while Oscar is almost a like-for-like replacement for Pedro.
A win against Norwich would further boost Chelsea's chances of a decent finish this season. They must keep the good run going.
Chelsea is currently 36 points on the league tables and are looking forward to win tomorrow.