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When it comes to head injuries there is no margin for error and if there is even the slightest doubt over a player's mental wherewithal, then they must receive added medical attention. That is the view of Jose Mourinho who has warned Tottenham Hotspur that by refusing to substitute concussed Hugo Lloris off the pitch in the weekend match with Everton (in which he kept his sheet clean throughout the 90 minutes) they were effectively risking his life.
Mourinho is perhaps better qualified to comment on the issue than most as it was he who watched on from the sidelines when, during his first spell in charge of Chelsea, Stephen Hunt collided with Petr Cech in a Reading game, in 2006.
Mourinho is quoted by the Daily Mail to have said: 'Petr Cech was dying on the pitch, clearly. We all know at that moment that he was dying. So there is no space for doubt, no space for question marks, no space for communication or lack of communication between player, doc, manager. There was no space.’
Moving on to tomorrow's tie with Schalke and the potentially resurgent Fernando Torres will not feature and will undergo treatment for a minor thigh injury. Defender Gary Cahill, who will likely replace David Luiz for the Champions League clash, hopes the Stamford Bridge side can display bouncebackability.
He said, as reported by The Mirror: 'The lads are disappointed after the weekend and we will look for a positive reaction, which I'm sure we'll get.'
Ramires, like Cahill, could feature on Wednesday but the man he talks-up to the official Chelsea magazine may be on the chopping board. Regardless of recent performances, the Brazilian has still given his team-mate an Oscar wag by remarking: 'What really impresses me is how Oscar is always looking to improve. He has got everything to be very, very successful – and he is so young!
'However, he is also so mature on the pitch; his play in the No.10 role is what you expect from an experienced player , not someone so young. He has got everything to win the Ballon d’Or one day. I am absolutely sure he will get there.'
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