Four things that will ‘definitely’ happen to Chelsea players on international duty – Daniel Childs

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It’s that time of year again when club football is paused for another international break.

Thankfully this is the last international break of 2021 before the hectic schedule starts. It will be all hands on deck when they return with The Blues having 12 fixtures to finish off in less than six weeks of the calendar year.

The last thing we want as Chelsea fans is to see the side drop two points at home against Burnley then have two weeks to sit around thinking about it.

The CareFreeChelsea team have come together to predict what lies ahead for our travelling international stars and predict the four things that will ‘definitely’ happen.

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Scott Clayton – Players will be overused

We all know Didier Deschamps doesn’t worry about N’Golo Kante’s fitness and if he’s more than 1% fit, he starts. With Paul Pogba pulling up with an injury in training already this week, it’s likely more pressure for Kante to start and play in the next two world cup qualifiers.

Christian Pulisic has just returned after six weeks out injured thanks to an ankle injury he picked up two international breaks ago. He’s managed to get on for two substituted appearances in the last couple of games and it’s likely he will start these next two international world cup qualifying matches against Mexico and Jamaica.

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Daniel Childs – A player will return to Cobham with an injury

Last international break we had Romelu Lukaku return with muscle fatigue and Antonio Rudiger nursing a back injury. The time before that we saw Christian Pulisic pick up an ankle injury that took nearly two months to recover from.



Christian Pulisic picked up an ankle injury on international duty in September.
Christian Pulisic picked up an ankle injury on international duty in September.

It feels like every international break we have a case of someone returning back with an injury or rejoining the squad late due to delayed fixtures in the case of Thiago Silva (Brazil) likely having to miss the following game due to lengthy travel commitments. As Scott mentioned above, it is also hard not to look at N’Golo Kante’s injury issues for France previously, which supporters will be sweating over.

Anita Abayomi – Ben Chilwell will spark a juicy debate

Gareth Southgate is a smart man, I suspect that he sees what we Chelsea fans see in Ben Chilwell. His form has been absolutely undeniable at this point and I will not be surprised if he is chosen to start for the Three Lions during the international break.

I’m sure this will spark up the Luke Shaw/Ben Chilwell debates. The Trent Alexander Arnold and Reece James debate has already been played out. Whether Chilwell plays or not, the Blue Army will come in their masses to back Chilwell’s form and root for a start ahead of the Manchester United left-back.

This should be juicy.

Jai McIntosh – The Long Shot

Antonio Rudiger has always been somewhat of a maverick footballer, but the addition of the now much loved Rudiger long shot has taken his legend to a new level.

So far, the Chelsea centre-back has failed to score any of his speculative attempts, although a few have come quite close. Germany have fixtures against Lichtenstein and Armenia, both fixtures you would expect De Mannschaft to comfortably win. There is a very strong chance that, if playing, Rudiger might be able to fire off some long-range shots.

Maybe, just maybe, one will fly in.

Let us know any predictions you have this international break? Follow our CareFree Chelsea team Anita, Daniel, Jai, Jake and Scott on Twitter to get involved in the discussion and give us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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