Pepe Reine’s return from injury to Chelsea’s FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Bournemouth on Tuesday will be the first time the Argentine forward has returned to the Stamford Bridge side since joining from Napoli for a club-record fee in 2015.
The Spanish forward, who had been out since November after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, made a swift return to training on Wednesday and was in excellent spirits after his return, having been back at the club’s training ground in a short period of time.
Reina was substituted by defender Gervinho in the 55th minute of the first-leg tie, and Mourinho said the Spaniard would return to the team in the coming days.
“I think Pepe will be back in the squad in the next couple of days, he is still recovering and the doctors have told us that he will be out for a while,” he said.
“He will come back when we have time.
That is the plan.”
Mourinho said Reina would not be replaced by Chelsea captain Branislav Ivanovic or defender John Terry, who will both be unavailable for the game.
“We don’t have Branislava or Terry in our squad.
Ivanovic is out, he’s not fit and Terry is out.
But that’s the plan.
We lost it 1-0. “
The first goal [of the tie] was very important.
Chelsea’s third goal was a perfect example of how Reina, who was also a late substitute against Napoli, could have benefited from a breather. “
It was a great game, I don’t think anyone expected it, and we will get back to playing good football.”
Chelsea’s third goal was a perfect example of how Reina, who was also a late substitute against Napoli, could have benefited from a breather.
Reina had a fantastic start, but the striker was unable to find the net as he was unable get a touch on goal.
The former Arsenal player had scored in his last five appearances for Chelsea, scoring two goals in the first leg.
Reina had been one of Chelsea’s key players for the first half against Napolese goalkeeper Lucas Piazon, but was sent off in the second half.