Chelsea forward Pedro is available for the penultimate Premier League game of the season — against Liverpool at Anfield — despite suffering a broken nose. The Spain international picked up the blow after a fall at home, but interim manager Guus Hiddink is none the wiser as to how the incident occurred.
Pedro has endured an indifferent maiden campaign with the Blues following his summer move from Barcelona, scoring just seven goals in 22 league appearances. The 28-year-old is not a certain starter under Hiddink and there remain questions over his future beyond the end of the season, when Antonio Conte takes charge.
But Pedro will have another chance to stake a place in the club's 2015-17 plans, when Chelsea conclude their league campaign on the road with a trip to Liverpool. Branislav Ivanovic, Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma are the only first team players expected to miss the game.
"Pedro is not out but has broken his nose – not at training but at home," Chelsea's temporary boss Hiddink said. "He trained today [Tuesday 10 May]. I don't know what happened. He had a little accident on his own. His wife was not involved, she was there and I asked her. He very unfortunately fell and broke his nose."
One of the key themes of Hiddink's spell in charge, which saw him take over from Jose Mourinho in December, has been the increased implementation of youth squad players in the Chelsea first team. Victory in the Uefa Youth League and FA Youth Cup means the West Londoners are under pressure to promote, and Hiddink plans to continue that policy at Liverpool.
"We take Kasey [Palmer] and we take Tammy [Abraham]," Hiddink added of the pair who could make their Chelsea debut on Wednesday [11 May]. "Ivanovic is out with a groin problem, Costa with a hamstring problem is out. I think he will be out for the weekend too."