Chelsea stars escape injury during international break

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International breaks are a nervous time for club managers, who see their best players fall into the hands of another set of coaches with different agendas, training regimes and tactics. But Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho need worry no more as all his international stars have come through the recent break injury free.

Chelsea will be looking to reaffirm their position at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday as West Bromwich Albion travel to Stamford Bridge. The Blues are expected to bag another three points and the pressure is on players to perform.

And it is likely that all his international players will return and be available for selection. Not only that, but Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas are also expected to return despite missing the internationals with injury.

Brazilian influence

The international break saw Oscar, Filipe Luis and Willian join Brazil on their whistle stop tour of Europe and all three played prominent roles. Brazil won both games against Turkey (4-0) and Austria (2-1) with the help of all three Chelsea stars.

Luis played 180 minutes at left-back while Oscar and Willian started both games before being substituted with around 20 minutes to go. Willian scored against Turkey to cap an encouraging spell for the winger.

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Chelsea's two goalkeepers, Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech, played in their games for Belgium and Czech Republic respectively with Cech captaining his team to an comeback over Iceland. Coincidentally, Courtois played against Iceland, winning 3-1 whilst also keeping a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against Wales. Both return to the club fully fit with Courtois likely to continue between the sticks.

Eden Hazard played the full game against Wales, but could not find the net despite a number of chances. More importantly for Chelsea, he came through the game without injury.

Fabregas ready 

The biggest news will come from a player who wasn't involved in the international break, Fabregas. Originally it was claimed Fabregas could miss several weeks with a hamstring complaint, but is winning the race to be fit.

If he does play, it will only cause more of a stir in his native Spain as his injury was originally doubted by Vicente del Bosque. Diego Costa, who was also left out by Del Bosque is also believed to be fit to face the Baggies.

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