Even though Willian has not featured regularly in Chelsea’s starting lineups for well over a year, he’s still made an appearance in almost every single game.
In fact, he had been working on a Premier League-best 50-match appearance streak, while also playing in 68 of 69 matches in all competitions dating back to the middle of last season for the Blues.
All that came to a crashing halt against Arsenal in Chelsea’s losing effort in the League Cup semifinal, as the 29-year-old picked up a rare injury and the 29-year-old had to be replaced as early as 30 minutes into the first half.
The injury ruled him out of the weekend’s 3-0 win over Newcastle in the FA Cup as well as tomorrow’s league match against AFC Bournemouth.
Fortunately, the slight hamstring strain is not expected to keep him down for too long. Recovering from a contracture in his right thigh, Willian can return to Chelsea next week. The Brazilian has had a pool treatment in recent days and will return to the field on Tuesday.
The midfielder will not play against Bournemouth at home on Wednesday, but may return next Monday when the Blues will visit Watford. Both matches are valid for the Premier League.
“Tomorrow I will start with some light and specific training on the pitch as part of this transition, the idea is that I am still absent from Wednesday’s game against Bournemouth but is already fit for Watford,” Willian said.
Willian may not be a star on the level of Eden Hazard, but his 4 goals and 6 assists in the Premier League and several good performances, especially lately, have been very important to the Chelsea cause, just as they had been since his arrival in 2013.
Good luck on the treatment, Willi!