Chelsea’s start to the season has been pretty poor – one win, one draw, one loss, and that’s in no small part down to the absence of Mateo Kovacic.
The Croatian has not played a minute yet, after picking up a knee injury.
In fact, things have rather gone backwards for him. He was on the bench against Everton, before missing out on the squad entirely in the subsequent games.
He spoke to Chelsea’s official website about how much he hated missing out on these games:
“It is nice to be back on the pitch after I missed two weeks. It has been tough to come back, but it’s very nice and I cannot wait to be back with the boys on the pitch. I am ready for what is coming.”
“I hate it [being ruled out]. It was tough, but the injury gives you something to improve more on the other side, I improved in the gym a little bit. I did some extra work and I feel good now to start.”
He added that he intended to “come back stronger” from his problems, something we have no doubt he can do.
The team has really lacked his skillset in the opening games. His ability to move the ball up the pitch and help create chances for the forwards from deeper on the pitch might have changed the game against Tottenham and Leeds.
It’s not clear if he will be able to play against Leicester on Saturday, but fans across the world have their fingers crossed that he can.