Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that midfielder Nemanja Matic could not have played the Premier League clash against West Ham United on Wednesday even if he was not suspended, as he picked up an injury when he was celebrating the Blues' League Cup triumph.
The Serbian midfielder was suspended for Chelsea's Capital One Cup final clash against Tottenham on Sunday, but following their victory over Spurs, Matic changed into his playing kit and joined his teammates to celebrate their victory.
It was during these celebrations that the former Benfica midfielder picked up a minor injury, which according to the manager would have ruled him out of the clash against the Hammers even if he was not suspended.
The Blues midfielder was serving the second of his two-match ban after being sent off for reacting violently towards striker Ashley Barnes during Chelsea's draw against Burnley on February 21.
Mourinho revealed that the midfielder did pick up an ankle injury during the celebrations, but has confirmed that it is only a minor knock with Matic expected to feature when Chelsea take on Paris Saint-Germain next week in the second leg of the last 16 of the Champions League.
"Matic is injured and he got an injury celebrating the cup. I'm not kidding. It's not a big injury, but he couldn't have played against West Ham," Mourinho said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"He twisted his ankle. If he had not been suspended, he could not have played. On the pitch. He had shinpads on, but he didn't have tape on," the Blues boss revealed.
"He will play against Paris. He will be in training on Saturday or Sunday," the Portuguese manager confirmed.