Chelsea summer signing admits his start couldn’t have gone any worse

Danny Drinkwater admits he has been hugely frustrated by his slow start to life at Chelsea

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Danny Drinkwater has admitted that his start to life at Chelsea couldn’t have gone any worse after suffering from a string of injuries.

The England midfielder signed for the Blues from Leicester City on transfer deadline day back in August but was made to wait until this week to make his first appearance for his new club.

Drinkwater made his first start of the season as he helped Chelsea to secure a 2-1 victory over Everton in the League Cup on Wednesday night.

The England international will be hoping to hold down a regular spot in the first team with the Blues in the coming weeks and months as he bids to prove himself to Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.

However, the 27-year-old has admitted that his injury problems have caused a nightmare start to his career in west London.

Speaking to Chelsea TV after Wednesday’s game, Drinkwater said: “I don’t think [the last few months] could have gone any worse.

“I have been trying to take the positives out of it. My calf feels good now but I was massively frustrated. The waiting game was killing me.

“It’s been good to watch the team and it has helped me to settle in as well. It has given me a feel for how they actually play. But the sooner I can get more involved now, the better for me.”

Drinkwater will be hoping to be involved when Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday evening with a trip to Bournemouth in the top flight.

Conte’s side are currently fourth in the Premier League table and nine points behind leaders Manchester City after nine games of the new campaign.

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