Loic Remy says he is awaiting the results of a scan to determine whether he will be fit for the game against Manchester United on Sunday.
It looks increasingly likely that Diego Costa will miss the Premier League clash against the Red Devils meaning Remy would have been in line to start. However, a groin injury, sustained in the first half against Maribor, means the Frenchman is now a major doubt.
Remy's absence would leave Jose Mourinho facing a selection headache. Didier Drogba, who has himself struggled with injury since returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer, is now his only fit striker. At 36-years-old, Drogba's presence up front would be a shadow of its former self.
However, Remy has provided hope to Chelsea fans by revealing that he hopes to be fit to travel to Old Trafford. However, the France international will first undergo a scan to reveal the extent of the damage.
“We will see with the scan,” Remy told reporters. “I really hope it is not too bad. Fortunately I stopped playing because I felt something. I don’t think it is too bad but I felt something. My groin.
“Yes, it’s frustrating of course because I had a chance to play because Costa is injured but I am not afraid. I don’t think it is really bad. We will check and I really hope to play again this weekend."
With Costa in such imperious form, Remy knows his team-mate's injury was an excellent chance for him to get some game time. It is, therefore, predictable that Remy would be desperate to play against Manchester United even if he was still feeling the effects of last night's injury.
Remy admits that this injury has come at the worst possible time. Especially when he had the chance to prove himself in a big game.
Asked if he was feeling frustrated, he said: Yes, it’s frustrating of course because I had a chance to play because Costa is injured but I am not afraid. I don’t think it is really bad. We will check and I really hope to play again this weekend.
“It is a huge game but every game is tough. Especially this one because it is a big game against a good opponent but I will try to recover as quickly as possible.”
Although Remy appeared to injure himself while scoring Chelsea's opening goal in the 6-0 demolition of Maribor, the Frenchman admitted that he already had the feeling that all was not quite right.
He said: "No, before that, it was a bit stiff, even my run and I didn’t feel very comfortable,” he said. “That’s why I prefer to come off but for me I have to care about myself and if I’m not feeling very good it’s better to leave for another player who is 100%.”
Remy's absence on Sunday would mean 17-year-old Dominic Solanke would likely take a place on the bench. The young Englishman made a cameo appearance last night and is highly rated at Chelsea.
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