Pato close to Chelsea debut: Coach Hiddink

Reuters , Monday 29 Feb 2016

Pato (Reuters)

Chelsea's new Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato could make his debut in the next two games, with Diego Costa being rested, manager Guus Hiddink said on Monday.

Pato signed from Corinthians in January on loan until the end of the season.

"He (Pato) is eager and of course we now have healthy competition between the strikers, in a very good atmosphere, with Diego the No. 1," Hiddink told reporters ahead of Tuesday's visit to Norwich City, 17th in the English Premier League.

Captain John Terry, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury, has started running again and could return in time for Saturday's home game against Stoke City, but the manager is unsure how long winger Pedro will be ruled out for.

The Spaniard injured a hamstring in the come-from-behind 2-1 win away at Southampton on Saturday.

"I'm not that positive it will be resolved within a few days," Hiddink said.

Chelsea have climbed to 11th in the table and are unbeaten in the top flight since Hiddink took over.

"When I started in December, we were close to the relegation zone, just one point (above), and the first objective was to get as soon as possible out of that zone," he said.

"That, of course, is not the target for Chelsea - but it does encourage us to go on."

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