Remy tipped to return and Pato is put on fitness regime


Loic Remy is expected to be available for Chelsea’s home match against Newcastle a week on Saturday.

The French striker, who previously spent a season on loan at Newcastle and was tipped to return there during the recent transfer window, has been nursing a calf problem.

Blues boss Guus Hiddink believes Remy will soon be back in the squad – and the Dutchman has explained that new signing Alexandre Pato has been placed on a special training regime in order to improve his fitness.

Former AC Milan forward Pato secured a pre-deadline loan move to Chelsea from Brazilian club Corinthians but is not considered fit enough to play.

Pato was desperate to secure a move to England
Pato was desperate to secure a move to England

“Remy will be involved next week,” Hiddink explained.

“Pato is, let’s say, in pre-season, and we have made a training plan which he is doing at least once a day – mostly twice a day.

“It means he is getting his fitness but not full fitness. He needs to be fine-tuned, but we’ve made a good plan.

“He will not be involved in the upcoming games. We need him to get fit, not getting injured in this tough league.”

Meanwhile, Pedro will have a fitness test before Chelsea’s game against Manchester United on Sunday.