Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of Chelsea's Premier League clash against Stoke City on Saturday with a hamstring injury.
The 23-year-old picked up the injury against Juventus on Wednesday with initial hope that the he could be fit in time for the weekend's follow-up at Stamford Bridge.
However, Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has now confirmed that Sturridge will miss the visit of Stoke but is confident of a recovery in time for the trip to London rivals Arsenal the following week.
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"Sturridge is better but not quite ready for tomorrow,' the Italian told reporters.
"We'll have to assess him, if he doesn't make the League Cup [against Wolves], it shouldn't be much longer.
"Injuries can happen to any player, we go into the game not thinking about injuries."
Di Matteo also warned that new Stoke signing Michael Owen could pose a real threat to the Blues’ defence.
“He’s a natural goalscorer,” the manager stated. “He’s certainly a very good signing for Stoke.
“I was a little bit surprised because he’s not a tall player like the others.
“But he’s certainly a dangerous player and I’m sure they will benefit from his qualities.”