Fabregas set to return against Everton

BACK IN ACTION: After missing the last two matches with a hamstring injury, Fabregas (in blue) is expected to be back for Chelsea's clash with Everton in the Premier League


    Feb 11, 2015

    Fabregas set to return against Everton


    CHELSEA playmaker Cesc Fabregas is likely to be back for the home game with Everton in the Premier League today, after missing two matches with a hamstring problem.

    "I think he plays on Wednesday, because on Saturday, it was a decision to protect him," manager Jose Mourinho said on the club's website.

    "We didn't want to risk two players at the same time. We risked Willian, and to start two players with a risk is a big gamble," added Mourinho in reference to the 2-1 victory over Aston Villa during the weekend.

    Fabregas' expected return will present the manager with something of a dilemma, because Brazilian Ramires has excelled as his midfield deputy after a season plagued by injury.

    "The best Ramires is back and the best Ramires played against Liverpool, Manchester City and Aston Villa," said Mourinho. "He is a different profile of player, but a fantastic player for us."

    Ramires came on when Fabregas limped off midway through Chelsea's League Cup semi-final second leg victory over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago.

    The Londoners sprinted seven points clear at the top of the league, after defender Branislav Ivanovic grabbed the second-half winner with a ferocious shot at Villa.

    "Every striker in the world would be proud to score that magnificent goal," said Mourinho. "For a right-back whose left foot is not his best, it is an amazing goal.

    "He is a great guy and what he is doing for us is unbelievable, with the foot injury he had against Liverpool when he still played the rest of the game, and he also played against City and Villa.

    "He is one of the best signings. He came immediately after I left Chelsea, and after that, he made a fantastic contribution for this club."

    Serbian international Ivanovic, who can also play in central defence, joined Chelsea from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2008, just after Mourinho's first spell at the club ended.