London - Nigeria international midfielder John Obi Mikel is
now expected to make a return to competitive football for Chelsea next month,
According to Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, the Nigerian
midfielder could become available for selection in three weeks after recently
undergoing surgery due to a knee injury.
But the Chelsea boss' premise is hinged on a balance of
"optimism and pessimism" that the 27-year-old could return without a
“Mikel had a little surgery. I was expecting him to be out
for about a month and one week has already gone.
“So I would say, with not too much optimism or pessimism,
Mikel to play in the first week of April,” said Mourinho.
The midfielder has missed a number of matches for Chelsea
including the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend
since his last appearance for the Blues in a league match at Aston Villa on
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