Chelsea striker Loic Remy is in contention to return to the starting line-up for the game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge this Saturday, according to the Independent.
The Blue’s have been short on attacking options with main man Diego Costa re-aggravating a hamstring injury and Remy, who is used mostly as a back up, missing since picking up a knock in training the day before last weekend's 1-0 win against Queens Park Rangers.
The French striker has featured in 16 Premier League games for the Blue’s this season, scoring four- although 12 of those appearances have come from the bench.
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is awaiting news on if midfield stalwart Michael Carrick is fit enough to feature in the clash after he limped off during the recent win over local rivals Manchester City.
Juan Mata will make a return to Stamford Bridge for the first time since leaving the club in January last year- and he is focused on getting a result from the ‘very special game’.
“We are already thinking about our next 'final' - a visit to the leaders of the Premiership,” the Spaniard wrote on his personal blog.
“Needless to say that it's going to be a very special game for me. I already played against Chelsea in the first half of the championship, but going back to Stamford Bridge for the first time will bring me plenty of good memories.
“The day I arrived to this great club [United] I wrote, 'Gratitude is the memory of the heart' - and I keep thinking the same.”
ROLLING BACK THE YEARS
Chelsea could extend their lead at the top of the table by 10 points with a win against United, however Jose Mourinho may be forced to rely on 37-year-old Didier Drogba to lead the line.
The Ivorian powerhouse turned back the clock earlier in the season when he scored a classic header to open the scoring against United at Old Trafford last year.
Drogba recently signed a contract with publishers Hodder and Stoughton for his autobiography, and he will be hoping a performance reminiscent of his earlier days against Manchester United will earn him a new contract at the west London club.