Di Matteo expects quick Sturridge return

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo expects Daniel Sturridge to make a swift return from a hamstring problem.

Sturridge sat out Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Juventus but the injury is not serious and the forward could be available for this weekend’s home game against Stoke.

Sturridge has a minor injury.

But Oscar is a doubt for the match against the Potters after suffering a knock to his ankle in the second half against Juve. The Brazilian’s condition was due to be assessed on Thursday morning.

“Sturridge felt his hamstring tightening up so he wasn’t available. He won’t be out for long,” Di Matteo explained.

Oscar being sidelined would be a blow for Chelsea and the player, who scored two goals – one of them a world-class strike – on his first start since his summer move to Stamford Bridge.

Di Matteo said: “He got a knock on his ankle and we will have to assess him.

“It was a great debut and it was the right moment for him to start a game as we needed a bit of time to work with him.

“The second goal was a wonderful goal and it is great to see we have a player like that in our ranks. He is a big talent and he has a bit of everything.

“We shouldn’t forget he is still a young man, but he is already established in the Brazil team and that is quite difficult.”

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