Chelsea’s midfield has been one of the most impressive things to have happened under Maurizio Sarri’s new reign however Cesc Fabregas has not been able to be a part of it.
The 31-year-old was a key member of the Blues’ pre-season while several of the squad members were still recovering from the World Cup, however he has not played a match since the Community Shield.
Fabregas picked up an injury in the match in Dublin against Arsenal and aggravated in the defeat against Manchester City at Wembley, forcing him to miss all four of the opening Premier League matches of the season.
“Cesc is still out,” Sarri had said before the Bournemouth match at the weekend. “Actually, he is working in water. We hope that next week he will be able to work on the pitch, I think.
“I am sure the injury is not serious, but he has pain out of his knee. So it’s a bit strange, but nothing serious. The pain is still there, so for him, now, it’s impossible to run on the pitch. He’s only able to run in water.”
And it seems that Fabregas is looking to step up his recovery from the ‘strange’ injury as he returns to the pitch and he posted a video of himself running and now working with the ball.
The Spaniard has the international break to recover ahead of the next match against Cardiff City on September 15, however he might well struggle to get a spot in the side.
The midfield trio of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic have impressed so far, while Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are also fighting for a spot and Danny Drinkwater is looking to break into the squad.
While Fabregas could play a key role this season, it remains to be seen if he will get a starting spot in Sarri’s more high-intensity side.