Chelsea have had a stroke of luck with the timing of Cesc Fàbregas’s injury. The midfield maestro obtained a three-week hamstring injury while playing for the Blues in their win against Liverpool on Saturday.
Everyone associated with Chelsea can breathe a sigh of relief as two thirds of the recovery time needed is in the current two-week international break.
Although this is good news for the Blues, Fàbregas will still likely miss two matches: West Bromwich Albion at home in the Premier League and Schalke away in the Champions League.
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From Chelsea’s point of view it is great that the opposition in question aren’t exceptionally challenging. Jose Mourinho will be confident of taking on West Brom and Schalke and collecting the three points even without his star playmaker.
The Spain international is definitely an important player for Chelsea as he has started every Premier League game this season, so it will be interesting to see who Mourinho decides is capable of filling in for the midfielder.
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Ramires or Mikel?
Assuming that Nemanja Matić keeps his place in the team, Ramires and John Obi Mikel are the players that Mourinho will be looking at to replace Fàbregas.
Ramires will likely be preferred choice as he started many more games this season than Mikel and better suits Chelsea’s new philosophy as he has more dynamic attacking abilities, whereas Mikel is a defensive midfielder.
Considering Chelsea’s squad depth, the loss of Fàbregas for one week will not be a massive disadvantage but they will want their successful summer signing back as quickly as possible.