Chelsea's Oscar was an unused substitute as the Blues crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Atletico Madrid. Oscar told Globo Sport that he's been recuperating with a hip injury that also kept him sidelined for the Liverpool game.
The Brazilian playmaker attempted to recover in time for the Atletico tie but soon realised that his hip was still inflamed.
To give himself the maximum chance of being fit for the World Cup, Oscar is unlikely to feature in Chelsea's final two fixtures against Norwich and Cardiff.
"I'm not playing because I felt a pain due to an injury to my hip, so, in the last game against Liverpool, I was not called on," Oscar told Globo Sport.
"I warmed up [against Atletico], but Mourinho knew that I could hardly play.
"Maybe I will not play the next game (against Norwich) because I could suffer a more serious injury to my hip and he knows it.
"We're aiming to try and play me in the final clash of the Premier League (Cardiff) but I have to take care for the World Cup.
"We still have two very important games in the Premier League because Chelsea can still be champions, but it is important I rest because the World Cup is here."
Chelsea's well-fought and attritional 1-0 victory over Liverpool last weekend gives them a slim chance of securing a fifth Premier League trophy. Jose Mourinho will have to rely on both Liverpool and Manchester City dropping points in their remaining matches, though.
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