Samuel Eto'o Injury: Updates on Chelsea Star's Leg and Return

Jason Pettigrove@@jaypetti1971Contributor IMarch 22, 2014

Samuel Eto'o was replaced not long after giving Chelsea the lead against Arsenal.
Samuel Eto'o was replaced not long after giving Chelsea the lead against Arsenal.Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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:

Updates from Monday, April 21

ESPN reports Samuel Eto'o did not travel with Chelsea for the club's Champions League match on Tuesday:

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:

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:

Jose Mourinho also predicted the striker will not return in time for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against PSG:

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.”

Original Text

Samuel Eto'o's day came to a premature end during Chelsea's London Derby with Arsenal.

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:

And the official Chelsea Twitter account noted Fernando Torres' replacement of Eto'o:

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, 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.

With three goals in his last three appearances and a man-of-the-match performance against Tottenham, per, the striker was clearly playing himself into some form.

It remains to be seen what effect his omission will have on Chelsea's final push toward the Premier League title.


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