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Chelsea boss could risk striker for Champions League showdown

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could be set to risk Samuel Eto'o for Tuesday night's all-important Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain.

The Blues go into the quarter-final second-leg tie needing to overturn a two-goal deficit following their 2-1 defeat in the French capital last week and Mourinho has not ruled out the possibility of Eto'o - who injured his hamstring during the 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal last month - playing a role in the decider.

"Let's see, let's see. I wanted Eto'o to be on the bench on Saturday and play 15 or 20 minutes but he was not fit enough.He did not train with the team on Sunday, so we have to see," the Portuguese was quoted by The Daily Mirror.

"Maybe I will pick him. But to risk a player, you need to have minimum conditions to take that risk. If you think he's going to be out after 10 minutes of the game, you can't take that risk. If there is a minimum of conditions of risk, then yes."

Eto'o - who joined Chelsea from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala on a one-year deal during the summer and has so far notched eight goals in 19 Premier League games - played no part in the 3-0 win over Stoke on Saturday that was secured courtesy of goals from Mohamed Salah, Frank Lampard and Willian.

However, despite the veteran Cameroon international having struggled for consistency at times since his move to Stamford Bridge, he was sorely missed during Chelsea's disappointing and morale-sapping first-leg defeat to PSG.

With Fernando Torres still failing to replicate the sort of form that convinced the club to spend an eye-watering £50 million to bring him to West London from Liverpool, Mourinho provided somewhat of a shock by opting to start attacking midfielder Andre Schurrle as the lone frontman - a move that didn't quite go according to plan.

The German cut a very isolated and distracted figure in the final third, with Eden Hazard - as the enigmatic star so often does - providing much of the real attacking threat.

It could certainly be argued that even a half-fit Eto'o could provide the best option for Chelsea up front.

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