Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic was a little too excited that his team won the Capitol One Cup on Sunday. Matic twisted an ankle when he slipped and fell during the post-match celebration.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed Wednesday that Matic hurt himself badly enough that he wouldn't have been able to play in Wednesday's match if he had been allowed to. Matic was serving a two-game suspension for attacking Swansea City's Ashley Barnes after Barnes made a dangerous tackle on Matic.
"He got an injury celebrating the cup," Mourinho said, according to FOX Sports. "It's not a big injury, but if he was not suspended, he wouldn't play.
"He twisted his ankle. On the pitch. He put on shinpads but he didn't put the tape on. He will play against Paris. On Saturday, Sunday, he will train.''
Matic's suspension is over, and he'll play against Paris St.-Germain next week in the Champions League, Mourinho said. The Round of 16 tie is all even at 1-1 after the first leg. Matic better keep himself composed if Chelsea advances to the quarterfinals.
- Dan Gartland