Chelsea forward Oscar fears missing World Cup in Brazil with injury
The youngster is keen to return in the Blues' final two games of the season
Thursday 01 May 2014
Oscar wants to help in Chelsea's title push but is wary of exacerbating a hip injury that could force him to miss the World Cup.
The 22-year-old has not seen any game time in the Blues' past three matches, although he was on the bench for both legs of the Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid.
Oscar explained after Wednesday's 3-1 defeat that his absence is due to a hip injury, which is likely to see him miss Sunday's Barclays Premier League encounter with Norwich.
The Brazil midfielder is hoping to be back for the season finale at Cardiff, but is wary of putting his World Cup place in jeopardy.
"I'm not playing because I felt a pain due to an injury to the abductor," Oscar told Globo Sport. "In the last game against Liverpool I was not called on.
"Yes, I warmed [against Atletico] but Mourinho knew that I could hardly play.
"Maybe I will not play the next game because I could get a more serious abductor injury and he knows it.
He continued: "We're treating me to try to play the final match of the Premier League, but I have to take care for the World Cup.
"We still have two very important games in the Premier League because Chelsea can be champions, but it is important to rest because the World Cup is here."
Latest in Sport
Anthony Martial: 'It's normal Wayne Rooney doesn't know who I am..and it's up to me to justify €80m price tag'
Manchester United can learn lessons from the transfer template of rivals Manchester City
Pavement The Forum, London
Arsene Wenger uses Anthony Martial's €80m move to Manchester United to defend Arsenal's transfer inactivity this summer
Anthony Martial: Monaco say Manchester United's £36m offer was 'incredible'
- 1 Huawei Mate S and Huawei Watch: new products take on iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch
- 2 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 5 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up