Chelsea and Antonio Conte will be glad with this piece of news that one of their defenders will return by January.
Abdul Baba Rahman has been injured since the beginning of the year, after tearing his Anterior Cruciate Ligament while on international duty for Ghana at the Cup of Nations in Gabon.
The left full back secured a loan move to Schalke 04 last summer, but his days at the Bundesliga club were cut short, so he could return to Chelsea’s training base in Cobham to step up recovery.
He was not added to this season’s Premier League squad submitted by Chelsea as well as the Champions League squad for the group stage.
However, a fully fit Rahman could get into Conte’s team in the new year, to provide natural cover for the only recognized natural left full back, Marcos Alonso.
Rahman, was prominent in Augsburg’s Bundesliga campaign three seasons ago, earning plaudits across Europe. After the Blues secured his signature in the summer of 2015, Rahman struggled to adapt under Jose Mourinho.
Having secured a loan move to Schalke, the Ghana international was was returning to his Augsburg form prior to his knee injury. He reckons it has been a difficult last few months without regular football, but he is still hopeful of a return to club action in December.
“My recovery is going well, hopefully, God willing by December I should be able to get some games at club level. I have been training but I still have some small pains in my knee. The medical staff are still working on me and I will be fully fit soon.”
“Not playing for all these months is not easy, especially if you are regular at the clubs you have played for. But certainly injuries are part of football and they are bound to occur once a while. In all, I just have to focus and come back even more stronger.”