Despite opening the scoring in Chelsea’s eventual 6-0 demolition of Arsenal, a hamstring strain brought Samuel Eto’o off the pitch Saturday after just 10 minutes.
Even though hamstrings can be nasty, Jose Mourinho says thanks to the long soccer background of Eto’o, he may have saved further damage.
“He told me that, with his experience he doesn’t not think it’s a big problem,” the Chelsea manager explained. “He stopped before the muscle tore. It’s a hamstring so it’s a problem.”
Thanks to Eto’o’s ability to stave off any more serious injury, Mourinho believes he could be back sooner than later, although he will initially have to spend some time on the sidelines.
“Hopefully it’s not so big,” said Mourinho. “Hopefully it’s not a one-month injury, it’s 10 to 15 days.”
Fernando Torres replaced Eto’o in the Arsenal match, and would be the favorite to deputize for the Cameroonian. Demba Ba is also available for duty as Chelsea will take a trip to Crystal Palace up next.