Chelsea latest: Striker questions Mourinho’s choice; De Bruyne calms injury fears

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Despite reports earlier today that Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne was taken to hospital following an ankle injury, the Belgian midfielder has since tweeted that he is fine.

As reported by Sky Sports, De Bruyne posted the following: “Just to say I’m fully fit for the game against Croatia. No injury at all.”

Such is the power of social media that a rumour that would once have been allowed to swell is now swiftly put to bed in 140 characters or less.

On a day when plenty of Chelsea’s players have had their say, Samuel Eto’o has admitted the Premier League takes some getting used to.

Speaking to Chelsea Magazine, the Cameroon striker said, “Already I have noticed that English football is very physical – more physical than other types of football.

It hasn’t been too much time yet, so I need to continue working to make sure I keep improving my level.”

Since his summer move from Anzhi Makhachkala, Eto’o is yet to score for the Blues, and lost his starting place to Demba Ba for Sunday’s 3-1 win against Norwich City.

And while it was the substitutes who ultimately changed the game, Eto’o was the only one of the three late arrivals not to find the net.

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That is something Romelu Lukaku will no doubt be paying close attention to, and the Belgian currently on loan at Everton has vowed to outscore his rivals for a starting birth at Stamford Bridge.

In an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, the 20-year-old said of his temporary switch to Goodison Park, “The coach decides and as a player you have to respect that. I chose to leave and it’s up to me to prove the coach wrong.

I want to score more goals than the strikers of Chelsea. We will see at the end of the season who made the best choice.”

That last sentence suggests Lukaku already knows the answer…

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