Mourinho has no regrets despite possible striker shortage

Jose Mourinho has insisted he has no regrets about bringing Didier Drogba back to Chelsea as one of only three recognised strikers in the squad.

Drogba scored in Tuesday’s Champions League thrashing of Maribor – the Blues hero’s first goal since returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

But at 36, and currently nursing an ankle problem, the Ivorian could be Chelsea’s only option up front for Sunday’s game at Manchester United.

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Diego Costa has been a huge success since his big-money move from Atletico Madrid, scoring seven times in his first nine Premier League appearances.

But the Spain forward has been struggling with a hamstring problem and Loic Remy, who was signed from neighbours QPR following Fernando Torres’ move to AC Milan, picked up a groin injury against Maribor.

Nevertheless, manager Mourinho says he is happy with his attacking options.

Asked if he could perhaps have invested in another back-up striker, he explained: “We made a big investment in Diego, who was aged 25 and has six, seven, eight or 10 years to play here.

“Didier brings us a lot of things apart from still being a good player. And after Fernando went to Milan we had to make a decision and Remy in our opinion was a good decision.

“Remy is a good player who can also play from the right or left. He gives us a good option and we think we did a good job getting these three strikers.”

Remy is expected to be unavailable for the trip to Old Trafford, while Costa’s condition will be assessed ahead of the game.

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