Updates from Friday, May 9
Samuel Eto'o may not be fit for Chelsea's last game of the season against Cardiff.
PhysioRoom provides the latest:
Updates from Tuesday, April 29
Samuel Eto'o looks set to play some part in Chelsea's Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid after he trained on Tuesday.
Sky Sports and Chelsea tweeted:
Petr Cech, John Terry, Samuel Eto'o and Eden Hazard all train with Chelsea ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 29, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 21
ESPN reports Samuel Eto'o did not travel with Chelsea for the club's Champions League match on Tuesday:
Injury news: Eto'o (knee) didn't travel to Atletico while Hazard (calf) and Cech (illness) both made the trip for @chelseafc.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 21, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 7
Samuel Eto'o will know on Monday if he is fit to take part in Chelsea's crucial Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie with PSG.
Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reports that the veteran forward will test his hamstring 24 hours ahead of the game, which sees the Blues needing to overturn a 3-1 deficit:
Chelsea’s first team were led through a light training session on Sunday but the 33-year-old did not join his team-mates.
Mourinho hopes Eto’o is fit enough to resume full training on Monday ahead of the Champions League quarter-final second leg against PSG, where Chelsea must overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit.
Mourinho said: ‘Will Eto’o be fit? Let’s see. Let’s see if he trains on Monday. Maybe he could play but to risk a player you need to have minimum conditions to take that risk.
‘If you think he’s going to be out after 10 minutes of the game you can’t take that risk. If there is a minimum of risk, then yes.
‘We need to score goals. If we don’t score a minimum of two goals we are out. We know that, so if we can have everybody available who can give us a chance to score goals then let’s do that.’
Updates from Friday, April 4
Samuel Eto'o, as expected, will miss Chelsea's weekend clash with Stoke due to injury.
Jose Mourinho confirmed, via Chelsea's official Twitter:
Mourinho reports that Cole is back in the squad but Mikel and Eto'o are out of Stoke game due to injury. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 4, 2014
Mourinho doesn't put a time on Samuel Eto'o's return to fitness. Marco van Ginkel will again play in the Under-21s tonight. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 4, 2014
Updates from Friday, March 28
As expected, Samuel Eto'o will play no part in Chelsea's weekend clash with Crystal Palace.
The club's official Twitter reported:
Mourinho reports that Ashley Cole and Samuel Eto'o are injured and won't feature tomorrow. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) March 28, 2014
Jose Mourinho also predicted the striker will not return in time for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against PSG:
Mourinho doesn't think Samuel Eto'o will be fit for Wednesday's game in Paris but he has a chance of playing. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) March 28, 2014
Updates from Monday, March. 24
Jose Mourinho has told Chelsea TV he expects Samuel Eto'o to be out for no longer than two weeks.
Matt McGeechan of the Press Association, via the Daily Mail, writes:
Jose Mourinho believes Samuel Eto'o could return from the hamstring injury he sustained against Arsenal in as little as 10 days.
Speaking after his side's 6-0 win, Mourinho told Chelsea TV: 'Hopefully it's not so big. Hopefully it's not a one-month injury, it's 10 to 15 days.'
Updates from Sunday, Mar. 23
London 24's Paul Lagan has an update on Eto'o:
“Eto’o has a muscle problem,” said Mourinho.
“He told me that, with his experience he doesn’t not think it’s a big problem. He stopped before the muscle tore. It’s a hamstring so it’s a problem.”
Despite opening the scoring after just two minutes with a well placed shot, the Cameroonian signalled to the bench shortly afterwards.
Indicating that the problem was in the hamstring area, it was a cruel blow for the Blues striker so early on in the match.
Simon Overall tweeted on Eto'o's removal from proceedings:
Drama a plenty at the Bridge with the opening goal scorer Samuel Eto'o forced off with injury. #CFCvAFC— Simon Overall (@SimonOverall) March 22, 2014
Torres on for the injured Eto'o... #CFCLive— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) March 22, 2014
The Spaniard may now find he gets an extended run in the side at his colleague's expense, if Chelsea's worst fears are confirmed.
According to NHS.co.uk, a Grade 3 hamstring tear can often take weeks or even months to repair fully.
Given Eto's advancing years, it's unlikely Blues manager Jose Mourinho will want to rush him straight back into action either.
It remains to be seen what effect his omission will have on Chelsea's final push toward the Premier League title.