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Jose Mourinho rules out Chelsea trio

Mourinho takes training at Cobham this morning. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho has ruled out Andre Schurrle, Ramires and Diego Costa for Chelsea's Champions League tie against Maribor on Tuesday evening.

Top goalscorer Costa will again miss out after failing to recover from a hamstring injury in time for Saturday's Premier League victory over Crystal Palace.

Mourinho is likely to use both Didier Drogba and Loic Remy at some stage tomorrow night after revealing that Drogba is not fit enough to play a whole match.

"He's not in conditions to play for 90 minutes," Mourinho explained. "But he's fit to play, starting or not starting, Didier is in much better condition."

Diego Costa set to miss out against Maribor

Costa is struggling to regain fitness for Chelsea. Credit: PA

Diego Costa looks set to miss out on Chelsea's Champions League tie against Maribor on Tuesday after Jose Mourinho suggested the striker has "no chance" of recovering from injury in time.

The Spanish international sat out Saturday's Premier League victory at Crystal Palace and was unable to take part in training on Monday.

Costa has been struggling with niggling injuries, despite bagging an impressive nine goals in seven league matches this season.


John Terry remembers 'true legend' Attenborough

Chelsea footballer John Terry has described the late actor Richard Attenborough as a "true legend and a real gentleman".

Attenborough was a dedicated fan of the club and Terry says he would "often come over after games and say 'hi' and 'well done' and 'congratulations'."


Report: Jose Mourinho says Chelsea move 'this week'

Jose Mourinho had a difficult spell in charge of Real Madrid. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Jose Mourinho has told Spanish media he will become the new Chelsea manager, his second spell in charge of the club, by the end of the week.

He told Spanish football TV show Punto Pelota that he is flying to London today.

"I'm going to London on Monday and at the end of the week I will be the manager of Chelsea," he said.

"I feel the people there love me and in life you have to look for that.

"Life is beautiful and short and you must look for what you think is best for you."

Friedel: Liverpool won't want to get rid of best player

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Friedel has said he believes Suarez will remain at the club because of his talent and price tag:

Liverpool won't want to get rid of their best player ...

The owners will not be happy with what they're seeing but they're businessmen and they're not going to want to just get rid of £22million of investment.

They will try and work with him. He's an outstanding footballer but someone has got to try and get hold of him.

– Brad Friedel, Former Liverpool goalkeeper
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