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Remy Expected to Miss Significant Time with Injury
Saturday, April 2
Blues interim manager Guus Hiddink, per the club's official Twitter account, confirmed Remy picked up an injury and could be out for a "longer period" than first expected.
The 29-year-old has primarily been a back-up behind starting striker Diego Costa in 2015-16, but as Chelsea's most experienced and Premier League-proven depth option behind the Spain international, he plays an important role.
The Radamel Falcao experiment hasn't worked out, and Alexandre Pato has seen limited action so far, leaving the Blues thin in the attacking department. Brazilian youngster Kenedy is more of an attacking midfielder, leaving Remy and Pato as the only viable options to play in the box should anything happen to Costa.
Last season, Remy contributed seven Premier League goals despite starting just six matches, per WhoScored.com, showing he needs little time to find his scoring boots when called upon.
Remy's absence doesn't have to be a major issue for the Blues as long as Costa is healthy and productive, but should Chelsea's No. 19 suffer a knock or miss time for another reason, Chelsea could be in real trouble.
Costa was suspended earlier this season for violent conduct, per BBC Sport, and given he hasn't finished a season with fewer than seven yellow cards since the 2010-11 Primera Division campaign, per WhoScored.com, he's bound to run into another suspension before long. He also hasn't looked as deadly as he did in 2014-15.
Following his injury, Remy is no longer there to replace Costa should he go through another slump or get injured, so Blues fans have to hope the former Queens Park Rangers star makes a swift recovery or Pato can step up in his absence.