Amidst fears among Chelsea supporters that influential centre-back Gary Cahill has picked up an injury, the England defender has refuted the claims by saying he expects to be back in the line-up to face Aston Villa on Saturday as his injury is not so bad, as per Eurosport.
Cahill, 29, returned to Stamford Bridge earlier than most of his team-mates after being rested for England’s final Euro 2016 qualifying game against Lithuania with a back complaint.
Also, the former Bolton Wanderers defender was handed the England captaincy [for the first time in his career] in the Three Lions’ 2-0 victory over Estonia on Friday.
Cahill joins the likes of Serbian duo of Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic as the Chelsea players who picked up injuries during the international break. However, the England international is confident he should be back soon, although he does not know the extent of his team-mates injuries.
“I don’t know how bad their injuries are, hopefully not too bad. My injury is OK.”
Cahill has endured a difficult start to the campaign with Chelsea this term, as the Premier League champions have so far looked a shadow of the team that won the league with three games to spare last season.
Next up for Chelsea is the home tie against Aston Villa on Saturday, in a game Jose Mourinho will be going all out to snatch the points as his position could be in doubt if he does not.