Samuel Eto’o’s injury in Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Basel on Tuesday night could see the Cameroon striker sidelined for a number of weeks.
The 32-year-old Blues striker is set to undergo scans following his withdrawal from the pitch on Tuesday evening after falling awkwardly and suffering a thigh muscle injury.
The injury capped off a wholly disappointing evening for the Blues who have qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions League despite the defeat to Basel.
Synonymously, the injury rounds off a disappointing start to life at Stamford Bridge for the former Inter Milan and Barcelona striker who had just recovered his form to score 4 goals and make 5 assists for Chelsea in all competitions, finally breaking his duck after failing to find the back of the net for the Blues in his first five games.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will now have to rely on Fernando Torres and Demba Ba at least until January but Eto’o could have further concerns over his place at the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer which he will be hoping to travel to with Cameroon for whom he is the all time top scorer with 55 goals for his country across 114 caps.
Mourinho will be hoping the injury is not as serious as first thought following the results of his scans this week but I wonder whether the former Inter Milan coach now regrets bringing Eto’o to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The silver lining may well prove to be the fact that he arrived on a free transfer from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala where he was reportedly earning £167,825 a week in wages – it reflects well on his character and values that he took a huge pay cut of more than half his annual income in order to sign for Chelsea on a one-year deal.
Ultimately, I would not be surprised to see him leave the way he came next summer – on a free transfer away from Stamford Bridge as, so far at least, his signing has not bee fruitful for Chelsea, Mourinho or the player himself, especially if reports of a deal to bring FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez to Stamford Bridge in January are to be believed.
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