Samuel Eto’o trained away from the rest of the group as the Blues geared up for tomorrow’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris Saint-Germain.
Jose Mourinho’s side, who will attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit against Laurent Blanc’s men, trained at Cobham this morning [Monday] in heavy rain and chilly temperatures, with the first 15 minutes of the session open to the media.
Eto’o has missed our last three matches, having limped out of the 6-0 win against Arsenal early in the game with a hamstring problem.
The Cameroonian walked out on to the training pitch alongside fellow strikers Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, but worked separately, under the watchful eye of assistant first team coach Rui Faria.
Andre Schurrle and John Mikel Obi, however, were part of the main group. The German played just under an hour of Saturday’s 3-0 win against Stoke City before being forced out of the action following a tough tackle by Charlie Adam.
Mourinho had stated in the post-match press conference he expected Schurrle to be available for tomorrow’s game, and the manager will undoubtedly have been pleased to have him involved in the session.
Mikel missed the weekend’s fixture through injury, but his presence in the squad tomorrow, if involved, would be a big boost given the fact Nemanja Matic is ineligible and Ramires, after picking up a yellow card in Paris, is suspended.
Marco van Ginkel, who played 71 minutes for the Under-21s in Friday’s 3-0 win at Stoke City, also trained, as did Mohamed Salah, although the Egyptian, like Matic, is ineligible for tomorrow’s game.
Mourinho and one of his players will address the media this evening at Stamford Bridge ahead of the game.