Alexandre Pato could make Chelsea debut at Norwich... but he's below Bertrand Traore in the pecking order

Pato has been at the club a month

Tom Sheen@Tom_Sheen
Monday 29 February 2016 16:19

Alexandre Pato could finally make his Chelsea debut - a month after joining the club on loan from Corinthians.

The former Brazil international was officially named a Chelsea player on 29 January but is still to appear for the Blues with interim manager Guus Hiddink allowing the 26-year-old time to get back to full fitness having not played since the Brazilian season ended in November.

Pato is yet to even appear on the bench for Chelsea, but Hiddink has revealed he could play some part against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Tuesday night.

However, the Dutchman also said that while Pato is now fit enough to be considered another obstacle stands in his way - Bertrand Traore.

The Burkinabe forward, 20, has been hugely impressive in the last month, scoring in the last three games he has played, all as a substitute.

It would appear that Traore, right now, is ahead of both Pato, the forgotten Loic Remy and injured Radamel Falcao as second-choice to main man Diego Costa.

"He's eager, we have now healthy competition going on with the strikers, in a very good atmosphere," Hiddink said of Traore.

"Diego is the number one. The other ones have stepped up, especially I'm happy with the progress of Traore.

"Although he's a young guy and the others might have more status I'm not just looking at that - I'm looking to the young guys making progress."

Chelsea, now 11th in the Premier League table, have lost just one game since Hiddink took over but face a busy spell.

Bertrand Traore (right) has scored in each of his last three games

On Pato, Hiddink added: "[He's] not ready for 90, but he is now coming into the last stage where he is able to play part of the game.

"Once more I underline we consider also the chances for the young guys. Let's hope so in the near future, we have games coming up.

"At the moment to be fair to everyone and the youngsters, yeah they're a bit ahead. I like fair competition, in all fairness amongst themselves.

"Falcao is now touching the grass, in treatment but also on the pitch. Not with the group, but individually training."

John Terry will definitely miss the trip to Norwich, although Chelsea hope to have him fully fit for the Champions League second leg against Paris Saint-Germain on 9 March.

Pedro, Kurt Zouma and Falcao are also definitely out of the trip to Carrow Road.

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