Juan Mata: I’m ready to play against Aston Villa

Chelsea's Juan Mata is looking forward to making his first Premier League appearance of the season against Aston Villa

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Juan Mata was an unused substitute in Sunday's win over Hull The Sport Review

Juan Mata admits that he is looking forward to making his first Premier League appearance of the season when Chelsea host Aston Villa on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Spaniard sat out Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Hull City due to a thigh strain picked up during the Blues’ pre-season tour.

“I am looking forward to being involved. It was better to stop and I didn’t go to the national team, but now I am ready to play,” Mata told the Chelsea website.

“After my first game in pre-season when I played 45 minutes against Inter, I felt my thigh was a bit tight, I carried on in the second game against Milan, but the day before Real Madrid I felt more pain.

“We did a scan and I had a small problem, which can be dangerous in that muscle because I shoot with that left foot, so I stopped and didn’t train for a few days.

“I came back, worked with the physios and on Thursday last week trained with the team for the first time, not at 100 per cent, but trying to get to my best and now I feel better and am looking forward to playing and starting my season.”

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