Premier League Restart: Chelsea, Spurs boosted by Injury Returnees
Premier League is all set for June 17 return with a couple of matches among Manchester City vs. Arsenal and Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United.
The English football (along with World Football) was halted for more than three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The lock-down in the country halted almost all the sporting activities in the entire nation. However, the lock-down has provided several injured players the recovery time.
Besides all the difficulties, it was boon for Chelsea and Spurs as their key players are set to return to the field after serving the injuries before the lock-down and recovering during the lock-down.
Here are the few list of the players who is ready to step-in after serving injuries during active football before lock-down:
The signing of the season for the Blues, Christian Pulisic is yet to mark his presence in the Premier League. He was given playing time in the League a bit late and when he was given the enough playing time, he picked up back in January. However, the American skipper has now confirmed that he has fully recovered from reoccurring adductor injury and claims that he is 100% fit. Pulisic has registered a perfect hat-trick in Blue shirt against Burnley back in October.
Tottenham Spurs striker Harry Kane is among the list who was due to miss few matches in the premier league. However, after the suspension of the league, Kane got enough time to recover from his hamstring injury. As per the Spurs manager Jose Mourinho, Kane is fit to play during the restart. Kane had surgery to resolve the problem on 1 January and is fit again, along with team-mates Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn. Kane had scored 17 goals for Tottenham this season before being injured during a 1-0 loss at Southampton.
The Chelsea striker is all set for return after recovering from Ankle injury. He has missed Chelsea’s last three fixtures before the league suspension and has started only one of the last seven matches. The Englishman has now made it clear he will only return again when he is back to being fully fit and after three months of the suspension of the league, the striker is ready to take up his position yet again. Abhram has currently scored 13 goals for the Blues in his debut Premier League season.
The Frenchman is yet to play up to his caliber this season. Pogba has been sidelined for much of the campaign with two separate foot problems. Pogba hasn’t been part of the option for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, unexpected break has allowed the Frenchman to return to full fitness in time to help United’s push for a place in the top four. With nine games to play, Paul Pogba can play his part and help his side secure the Champions League spot pairing with the new signing Fernandes.
Spurs’ Champions League spot for next season is yet again boosted by the return of their player of the season so far, Son Heung-min. Son Heung-min has fractured his right arm in the win against Aston Villa in February where he has also scored twice. Son has missed six games before the season was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. The forced break benefited the South Korean in two ways. During the lock-down, he completed his mandatory three weeks of military service in South Korea and will be back in Premier League business now.
Chelsea were hard hitted by the injuries. Now, after around three months of break in the football, several players got chance to recover from their respective injuries. Beside the players mentioned above, there are several other players who are back in the field now. Some of them are listed below:
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)
Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)
Moussa Sissoko (Spurs)
Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool )
David Brooks (Bournemouth )
Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth )
Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace )