Chelsea forward Radamel Falcao has been ruled out of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv due to a ‘little problem’.
The Colombian has come off the bench in all five of the Blues Premier League matches since he joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Monaco and he scored during the home defeat to Crystal Palace last month.
The 29-year-old has picked up a minor tendon injury during training with boss Jose Mourinho confirming that the striker will not feature against the Israeli champions, but he should be fit to return for the club’s crucial league clash with Arsenal on Saturday.
Mourinho said: “Falcao has a little problem. He is not in the squad.
He had a problem in a tendon during training. It will just be for this game.”
The Portuguese coach did reveal some better news on the injury front for the West London team as he confirmed that Oscar is fit enough to return to the squad for the European tie, although he admitted that the Brazilian will not be 100 percent match ready.
He continued: “Is he fit as in not injured? Yes. Is he at top condition? No. He is selected though and he will be in the squad.”
The 52-year-old also confirmed that new signing Baba Rahman will make his debut against Slavisa Jokanovic’s side as he plans to make a number of changes to help improve the fortunes of his struggling team.
He revealed: “Baba will be selected as well. I have a squad and I don’t have to play with the same eleven. I am going to make a couple of changes to try a different dynamic and give a chance to players who aren’t playing.”
Chelsea are the 1.15 favourites to return to winning ways at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, whilst Maccabi are on offer at 23.00 and the draw is at 7.50.