Chelsea suffered a double injury blow following their 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League on Tuesday (21 November) with Ramires and John Terry now a doubt for their weekend Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur. The Blues have given themselves a good chance of qualifying for the knockout phase with a win. They are currently in second place level on points with table toppers FC Porto, who lost to Dynamo Kiev, leaving the group wide open going into the final match day.
The Brazilian midfielder suffered a blow a day prior to the game, with the manager confirming a muscular injury, while the former England international was stretchered off 19 minutes from time. This will come as a big blow for the Portuguese manager, whose team looked to have turned the corner with their second win in three days. Mourinho was incensed with the state of the pitch at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, which he labelled as "bad and dangerous".
"The surface was bad and dangerous. For John to leave the pitch with the score at 1-0, I know already that he is in trouble," Mourinho said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
"My medical department is really good. John is a special guy, with a special desire to recover. But I don't believe too much that he can play (against Spurs).
"Yesterday we tried to protect [the pitch], we trained just a little bit. But by my surprise Maccabi were training after us, plus the warm-up before the game. The pitch was really bad. Ramires slid and had a muscular injury," the Portuguese manager added, as quoted on ESPN FC.
Terry will be a crucial miss for their clash against the in-form Spurs, who are yet to lose a game in the Premier League since their opening day loss at the hands of Manchester United. Mourinho will be hoping to have his skipper fit as they look to make up ground on the teams battling for a place in the top four.