Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Injury-Hit Chelsea Celebrate a Record

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Injury-Hit Chelsea Celebrate a Record

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Jose Mourinho was delighted to have equalled Liverpool's 63-match unbeaten home record but claimed he might have just 15 fit players for Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester United at the new Wembley.

The Chelsea coach spearheaded a lap of honour around the Stamford Bridge pitch with his players after the game and insisted that it was a thank you gesture to the fans rather than a fond farewell.

Didier Drogba's 32nd goal of the season cancelled out James Vaughan's opener but Mourinho was already concerned with an injury list that threatens to scupper his dreams of lifting the FA Cup ( the only domestic trophy he has yet to win.

Midfielder Mikel John Obi limped off late in the second half and Mourinho has added him to an injury list that already includes Andriy Shevchenko, Michael Ballack, Ricardo Carvalho, Ashley Cole and Arjen Robben.

Mourinho declared: "We have lost Mikel and the reality is that for a final like we have on Saturday, I don't think we have 16 players. …

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