Star Midfielder Out with Injury while Costa Starts: Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Ramires will be kept out of the starting lineup against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, while Diego Costa will be starting as the marksman upfront.

‘Ramires,’ said Jose Mourinho, when asked who was unavailable for the game. ‘Everybody else is good.

‘It’s a muscular injury, he won’t be able to play on Tuesday [against Sporting Lisbon] or even against Arsenal.


‘He needs the two-week international break [to recover], maybe he will be back after that.

‘Diego plays tomorrow and starts without problems. The question is always the same; can he finish the game and be in condition to play in Lisbon 48 hours later?

‘I don’t know but at the moment I’m not thinking about Sporting or the Champions League, I’m thinking about Aston Villa and the Premier League. He plays for sure, he starts the game for sure and he’s in a very good condition to start.’

– Chelsea FC

Detailed report on Jose Mourinho’s pre match briefing will soon follow.

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