Chelsea FC forward Samuel Eto’o is set to miss about two weeks of the season after picking up a muscle injury against Arsenal on the weekend. Jose Mourinho confirmed to the media that it is a hamstring injury but thankfully it is not a long term injury like a tear. This will force Eto’o to miss at least the Crystal Palace away match this upcoming Saturday but he hopes to be fit for the Paris St. Germain clash on April 2nd. Eto’o told beIN Sports that he has “always dreamed of playing at Parc des Princes” but that his “injury may not allow [him] to be there”.
He was noncommittal as to whether or not he would be able to play against PSG on the 2nd of April but he did say that he “will work to be there”. Jose Mourinho was likely not going to play Eto’o at PSG because he has been the go-to striker at home and Fernando Torres has started most games on the road. Samuel Eto’o may come on as a substitute if he is healthy but the fact that he has yet to score a goal away from home may work against him. Torres looked lively when coming on as a sub against Arsenal but he was playing with little pressure as Chelsea already had a two goal lead when he came home.
If Eto’o’s timetable is accurate then he will return after or for the match at home against Stoke City. A three game stretch featuring Crystal Palace, PSG, and Stoke City at home is tough but certainly not the most daunting stretch Chelsea has faced this season. Demba Ba and Fernando Torres are more than capable of carrying the load and with Andre Schurrle in fine form, Chelsea should not struggle to score goals while Eto’o recovers.
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