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José Mourinho set for surgery

Jan 20, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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José Mourinho is headed to Paris to have surgery on his fractured elbow. Although not many details are available, it’s believed that the Chelsea manager aggravated an old childhood injury. Might he have done it on Sunday, overseeing the Blues’ 3-1 victory over Manchester United? Perhaps his frantically waving arms caused tension and soreness in the elbow.

Or perhaps the aggravation came later in the day, when Mourinho received an award at a dinner thrown in London by the Football Writers’ Association. The guest of honor lifted his glass and made a speech, saying, “I belong to Chelsea, Chelsea belongs to me, and hopefully we will stay for many, many years.” He then joked, “It is not a threat, but if you sack me, I will stay in England and go to another club, a possible rival.”

However Mourinho took a knock, what’s most important is that he’ll be back with his club by the weekend. Chelsea are set to face Stoke City in Round Four of the FA Cup, with the Blues hoping to re-take the Cup from Wigan after losing out last season. Then it’s on to host West Ham in the midweek fixtures next week, before Chelsea’s next big challenge: traveling to Manchester City. With his side currently just a point behind City and two points behind leaders Arsenal, it’s imperative that Chelsea have the Special One back to guide them, whether it’s to the FA Cup or to a Premier League title challenge.