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Mourinho Comments on Kenedy Knock
Friday, Sept. 25
Manager Jose Mourinho said all his players were fit for Saturday's clash with Newcastle, including Kenedy, per the team.
On Sept. 24, explained why he hooked Kenedy against Walsall, per Dan Gibbs in the Express: "He was having pain in one calf, so I had to take him off, but a nice performance for him, good experience, more minutes on the pitch."
It is fortunate that it is nothing serious as Kenedy put in a fine performance in his first Chelsea start since moving to Stamford Bridge from Fluminense in the summer, scoring a goal and providing an assist, per Squawka.
He provided some genuine excitement for Chelsea's travelling fans, who have endured a tough start to the season as the Blues have struggled early on in the defence of their Premier League title.
While his performance against League One's Walsall is unlikely to have put him in line for starting spot against Newcastle United on Saturday, Mourinho may well have been planning on giving him some more minutes at St. James' Park.
However, Kenedy's calf injury may rule him out of action for the weekend, and with such a young player, Chelsea should be cautious in returning him to action too quickly.