Pre-Match Press Conference – Mourinho Confirms Courtois’ “SERIOUS” Injury. Oscar Still Unavailable!
With Blues set to play Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow, it was time for Jose Mourinho’s press conference today.
The biggest question, of course, was gonna be regarding Courtois injury. Here’s how the manager answered all the questions:
As expected, the first question was about Courtois and the extent of his injury:
“No problems were caused by the national teams, but Courtois was injured in training. I cannot tell you much, but I can tell you that he needs surgery in his right knee, and as a consequence he will be out for a long time. But at this moment I cannot be more specific.”
“It’s a big blow, but you will not see me next week speaking about Thibaut, I never do when a player is injured. It’s not easy to have the best goalkeeper injured, but it’s easy to have one of the best to play, and we have Begovic. We have a top goalkeeper, and Begovic will play.”
Well, that confirms it then! Although, Mourinho isn’t exactly sure of the time he will be out for, but with Courtois set to undergo a surgery, I think we won’t be watching him play for us in 2015 at least!
On his side’s struggles in the first four games and the question of title race:
“I won’t share them. Every match, we played between the result. Even West Brom, 3-2 looks a tight match, but it wasn’t. I say the same about the defeats and the draws.”
“Every game is important. We are in the title race, we are. We need points, but every game is difficult. Everton is no different. Every team is getting better. Every team has economic power. Every game is more difficult, and every point is more difficult to get. We have lots of respect for our opponents’ quality.”
On Oscar’s injury and his availability for tomorrow’s trip to Goodison Park:
Oscar won’t be available tomorrow but is ‘almost there’ and could be in contention to feature next Wednesday.
So no Oscar and Courtois! Could it be any more worse!
A word on Papy Djilobodji:
“He was not my choice, was the choice of someone I trust completely. That’s the same thing. The same person that told me Djilobodji could be fantastic for us is the same who said Zouma could be fantastic.
He’s not in the Championships league squad because, if he is, Kennedy and Traore are not in the list. If they are not, you ask why, because Champions League is good for their development. We will be very unlucky if in six matches we need Djilobodji in the team.”
Well, that’s a surprise! I didn’t know Papy wasn’t his choice. Hopefully, as Mourinho said, we don’t need him in the Champions League group games!
Source – SportsMole
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