Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has ruled midfielder Michael Ballack and defender Ricardo Carvalho out of the FA Cup final against Manchester United.
Ballack has undergone surgery on his ankle – but he has returned to training, while Carvalho damaged the ligaments of his right knee against Bolton earlier this month.
Asked about the chances of making the final on 19 May at Wembley, Mourinho said: “Michael Ballack has 0% chance of playing. Ricardo has 1% chance.”
The good news for Mourinho was that striker Didier Drogba and winger Arjen Robben should be fit to face United.
“Robben has a real chance and Drogba will be fit,” Mourinho added.
Mourinho also denied reports that he was annoyed with Ballack after he underwent surgery on his ankle in Germany – apparently against the club’s wishes.
“Michael is injured. My relationship with injured players is nothing special. It is true. Injured players are for the medical department,” he said.
“I am the manager and I have to coach fit players – players who are ready to play.
“I remember about injured players and I have them in my mind, because I miss them.
“But my relationship with injured players is not a special one. I have to concentrate on the players ready to play.”