–Remy sets sights on showdown at Old Trafford
LOIC REMY is confident he will be available for Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford on Sunday — despite being written off for two weeks by boss Jose Mourinho.
Frenchman Remy, 27, limped off with a groin injury after scoring the first goal as the Blues thrashed Maribor 6-0 last night in the Champions League.
The £10.5million signing from QPR will undergo a scan today and Mourinho has all but ruled him out of the clash with Manchester United.
But Remy believes the problem is not serious and is keen to test himself against Louis van Gaal’s expensively-assembled squad.
He said: “I don’t think it’s really bad and I hope to play again this weekend.
“I was a bit stiff before I scored my goal and didn’t feel very comfortable but fortunately I stopped playing straight away because I felt something in my groin.
“That’s why I preferred to come off. I have to take care of myself and if I’m not feeling good it’s better for the team to leave the pitch for another player who is 100 per cent.”
With top scorer Diego Costa also struggling with a hamstring injury, Mourinho feared that 36-year-old Didier Drogba would be his only fit striker to face United.
But Remy, who has made just three starts for the Blues, is determined to make the most of the opportunity while his £32m team-mate is sidelined.
He added: “Of course it was frustrating that I had to come off after 15 minutes because I only had the chance to play due to Diego’s injury.
“But I knew the situation when I signed for Chelsea and I didn’t think I would go straight into the team.
“It’s a new situation for me because I was usually the first-choice striker at my previous clubs but it’s not difficult for me to handle things.
“If anything, it gives me more motivation because I know that I have to work even harder than the other players to show the manager I can play and score for the team.
“It is often the case that a player gets his chance when someone else is injured and he steps in to take his place.
“I was happy to play the last two games and I will try to recover as quickly possible because Sunday is a huge game against a good opponent and I want to be involved.”