Chelsea striker Loic Remy, who was substituted in the 13th-minute of Tuesday’s 6-0 UEFA Champions League thrashing of Maribor after injuring his groin while scoring, will likely miss Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford, Blues coach Jose Mourinho confirmed. With first-choice striker Diego Costa still recovering from his ongoing hamstring problem, he suggested that veteran Didier Drogba, who came on for Remy and scored Chelsea’s second goal from the spot against Maribor, will lead the line.
“Remy has a muscular injury. I don't know the dimension and I'm not worried,” Mourinho said. “When a player is injured, play another one. I don't expect him to play. I don't like to speak about injured players.” He continued: “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 cannot hide. In this moment we have some problems with players that are not available to play.”
Regarding 36-year-old Drogba’s performance against Maribor, Mourinho said: “I was not expecting Didier to play 75 [minutes]. I spoke with him yesterday and we spoke about 30. It was circumstances. He had to go on. He was comfortable to play 75 minutes. It was very, very important for Didier. The best thing for a player to improve his condition is to play.”