Eto'o could make Chelsea return at Sunderland

The Cameroonian striker may be fit to play at the Stadium of Light but Oscar and David Luiz will miss out, confirms manager Jose Mourinho ahead of their Premier League away trip
Chelsea hope to welcome back Samuel Eto'o for Wednesday's trip to Sunderland but Oscar and David Luiz are not available.

The striker had been struggling with a hip injury sustained during the Blues' Champions League loss to Basel and missed Sunday's 3-1 victory over Southampton.

The 32-year-old has made a quicker-than-expected return to fitness, however, and could be involved at the Stadium of Light but the news is not as good regarding two of the club's Brazil internationals.

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"Eto'o is back training with the team," manager Jose Mourinho confirmed to the press on Tuesday. "I will have to see today but he looks fine. There is a chance he can play tomorrow.

"Oscar is not in condition to play but his injury is not a serious one.

"David Luiz is not training with the team; he is still with the medical department. Let's see for the weekend [against Stoke City]. I hope sooner or later I have David so I can rotate a little at the back, like I can in other positions."

The Chelsea boss also hinted that Ashley Cole could be set for a return to the first team, with the England international having not played since losing his place to Cesar Azpilicueta in early November.

"I think Ashley Cole will start one of these two matches, against Sunderland or Stoke," Mourinho remarked.

"When any player that, all his career, normally starts every game doesn't, naturally they are not the happiest guy in the camp but Ashley is always professional, always a team player, so he deserves to play."