During today’s press conference Guus Hiddink spoke also about Pato‘s situation, claiming the Brazilian is not fit for playing yet:
“Pato is in his pre-season,” said the Blues manager when asked if the forward was available for Man United clash.
“We have made a training plan which he is doing now every day at least once and sometimes twice training so he is getting his fitness but not full fitness yet. He will not be in for the upcoming few games. We want him fit and don’t want to risk injury for this tough lead.
“He is skillful, you can see he’s got quality. He is ambitious, but he needs more physical condition in this moment, he played his last game 28 november, and then went on vacation, so it’s like in pre-season for him, we cannot go over the top.
“It’s good to have him on loan ,as the club has not offered him a longer deal. It is good for us both. We can see if he makes an impact in the 20 games he can play”.