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Chelsea: Old & Overworked Or Just Unlucky?

I always dread international competitions because the odd injury or two is always inevitable but without so much as a ball being kicked in this year’s World Cup, our players are already dropping like flies.

We might have already known Jose Bosingwa would miss out for Portugal after his operation in March but in recent week’s there’s been some unexpected names added to the World Cup missing list.

Despite working his arse off to get himself back for the end of the domestic season, Michael Essien couldn’t quite make it and his lengthy recovery now sees him miss out for Ghana. Michael Ballack succumbed after a dodgy tackle from Boateng at Wembley ruled him out of his last World Cup. And the biggest shock has to have come in the last couple of days, with Didier Drogba sustaining a fractured arm in a friendly against Japan.

Add to that John Obi Mikel being forced out of Nigeria’s campaign with a knock in training that seems to have exacerbated an injury he’d just recovered from, and needless to say, the press are talking about a ‘curse’.

Well, they’re going on about the grueling effects of our domestic double and the price our players are paying – that and the predictable ‘ageing’ process of course. But is that really the case?

For a start, Bosingwa hasn’t kicked a ball for us since October and Essien has been out since his knee injury on international duty in January, so you could hardly put either of those absences down to our domestic season. 23 year old Mikel only made 25 appearances for us last season, so neither over-aged nor over-worked and whilst Ballack may well be 33, I’m not sure what difference being a few year’s younger would have made after a tackle like the one Boateng inflicted on him. As for Didier Drogba’s absence, the only thing that could’ve prevented that is full body armour.

Old and overworked then? Or just bloody unlucky?



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