Cesc Fabregas just can’t stop assisting. The Chelsea midfielder has provided an amazing 14 goals since his move to Stamford Bridge in the summer and, on Tuesday, offered assistance of a different kind during the Capital One Cup win over Derby.
Fabregas and teammate Cesar Azpilicueta were called into action after Kurt Zouma had been involved in a nasty collision with Petr Cech, with the Spanish duo helping paramedics rush to the aid of the stricken defender.
As Zouma lay motionless on the turf at the iPro Stadium, with blood reported to have been spilling from his mouth, Fabregas and Azpilicueta helped rush a stretcher onto the pitch in order to speed up the process of removing the injured Frenchman.
Zouma was carried from the field wearing a protective neck brace with the Chelsea medical staff looking concerned indeed, while Jose Mourinho was forced to bring on Branislav Ivanovic to replace him.
Chelsea were already in the lead by this point after Eden Hazard had opened the scoring and the advantage was doubled seven minutes after Zouma’s exit when Felipe Luis, a summer acquisition from Atletico Madrid, scored a free-kick.
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Craig Bryson provided the Championship side with some hope when he pulled a goal back, but the optimism of Steve McLaren’s side was soon extinguished when Jake Buxton was sent off for a foul on Loic Remy.
Andre Schurrle completed the scoring for Chelsea when he converted after Derby goalkeeper Lee Grant had initially made a good stop, and Mourinho’s side now advance into the semi-finals of the competition.