Chelsea’s Juan Mata reveals injury behind Blues absence
Chelsea's Juan Mata reveals he has been contending with a quadriceps injury - and that's why he hasn't featured for the Blues
Juan Mata insists he hasn’t featured regularly for Chelsea this season because of a quadriceps injury.
The Spain international’s future was a source of constant debate throughout August after the 25-year-old was omitted from the side who faced Manchester United in the Premier League and the Uefa Super Cup final against Bayern Munich.
Mata, who moved to west London from Valencia in 2011, was linked with the likes of United, Arsenal and Liverpool during the summer transfer window.
But Chelsea’s back-to-back player of the year revealed he has been struggling with a quadriceps injury, which has hampered his start to the 2013-14 campaign.
“After a few days [of pre-season] and a couple of games I felt a bit of pain on my quadriceps and I had to slow down,” Mata wrote in his blog, One Hour Behind.
“It was something new for me because I had never had these kind of problems, but I kept calm – [it is] still the beginning of the season. That’s why the first weeks of training were a bit tricky for me.
“At present I’m feeling better, looking forward to enjoy again a great season.
“The club has entered a new stage and we want to keep winning trophies and making you [the fans] happy! I’m positive that this team has a lot to offer… My goal, as always, is to keep learning to become a better player.”