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Your Chelsea morning digest on Friday, November 25.
Fofana drops huge injury news hint
Wesley Fofana has hinted that he could be back in action for Chelsea sooner rather than later. In early October, the 21-year-old defender suffered a knee strain in the Blues’ Champions League clash against AC Milan.
Fofana uploaded a photo to his Snapchat story of his right foot, two trainers on a grey floor and an orange football boot with yellow accents. In the image, which is captioned with ‘Done’ and a green tick emoji, a strip of blue can be seen in the top right-hand corner.
The defender’s post drops a huge hint amid his road to recovery, suggesting a number of promising signs. Whether Fofana has completed the next stage of his rehabilitation, completed a fitness test, participated in training for the first team since the knock or just decided to boast about his array of footwear, there is no confirmation of the stage in recovery he is currently at.
Chelsea told to prioritise signing Kane
Chelsea have been told to prioritise the arrival of Tottenham captain Harry Kane over former Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo. The 37-year-old striker recently became a free agent after the Red Devils announced on Tuesday that he would leave the club immediately.
While the American billionaire was evidently keen to sign Ronaldo, he’s been told to focus his efforts on welcoming Kane to west London by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Speaking to Grosvenor Casinos, the former Chelsea striker said that the Blues have missed the boat with the Portuguese star.
“I would have done Ronaldo for Chelsea in the summer, for one year, but obviously now I think the priorities are bigger in the summer,” Hasselbaink said. “I would try to persuade Kane to come.
“That would be a very controversial move, but surely he’s going to want to win things. Surely he knows he’s not going to win with Spurs. Surely, he’s not enjoying the way he is playing at the moment and where he’s playing. I know they’re all doing the shift for the team, but the majority of the time, when they don’t have the ball, he’s 10 meters away from his own box.
“You know, so surely he’s not going to want to be playing like that for the next 3-4 years. You know, surely he would want to be with the club that is going to go for it and is going to try to win trophies or are going to be closer to winning the trophies, so for me, they should go for him.”
Southgate told why Mount must play in England midfield vs USA
Former England international Glen Johnson has told Gareth Southgate to persevere with Mason Mount in midfield at the World Cup. Phil Foden was dropped to the bench as the Chelsea star impressed alongside Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham in the Three Lions’ tournament opener against 6-2.
Speaking to Genting Casino, Johnson detailed the wealth of attacking options that England have but noted the importance of Mount’s role as an ‘all-rounder’. The former Chelsea defender said: “I like both Foden and Mount, it’s a tough one. Who starts depends on who plays in the front three.
“Obviously, Foden can play up there, but you don’t want too many of those flair players like Grealish, Foden, and Saka at the same time. It’s about who plays around them. I quite like Mount as an all-round midfielder, but I’d prefer Foden a bit further up.”