Five players for Chelsea fans to keep an eye on during the international break

Juan Mata

Kevin De Bruyne, Christian Atsu, Kenneth Omeruo, Jackson Martinez and Juan Mata all feature.

It is international week, and Premier League fans could very soon start suffering from withdrawal symptoms as they do not get their weekly dose of football delights.

But there are of course plenty of international fixtures going on, with some more important than others, and plenty of Premier League interest to be had from each of these fixtures.

We take a look at which five players Chelsea fans need to be keeping tabs on over the next few days.

Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgian should be in action right about now, as Belgium take on Colombia and then next week Japan in their international friendlies.

De Bruyne started the opening day of the season, but has since slipped down the pecking order for the Blues.

For the Red Devils it is a different story. He is a regular in their team, and a pivotal figure for manager Marc Wilmots.

He would like to demonstrate that over the next week.

Christian Atsu

Ghana take on Egypt in the second leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off, and do so with a 6-1 advantage from the first-leg.

Atsu scored in that fixture, and now the Black Stars travel to Cairo with a five goal advantage and freedom to roam.

Atsu has been on fire for Vitesse Arnhem recently, where he is currently on loan, and will look to continue that form in North Africa - and book a place in Brazil next summer.

Kenneth Omeruo

The Nigerian recently returned after a shoulder op and is looking to press on into the first-team now, after an impressive 18-month spell at ADO Den Haag.

He will play for the Super Eagles in a crucial World Cup play-off v Ethiopia - of which they hold a narrow 2-1 advantage for the game in Calabar.

Omeruo will then get a chance to impress in South West London - as Nigeria take on Italy at Craven Cottage on Monday.

Jackson Martinez

Another player who should be in action right now, and a player being linked heavily with Chelsea this week.

The Colombian at FC Porto issued a come and get me plea recently, and will be hoping to down Belgium this evening and then against Netherlands next week.

Jose Mourinho is jetting out to watch the Belgium v Colombia match - so this is a chance for the star to put on an audition for his would-be future boss.

Juan Mata

The diminutive Spaniard has been reeling out some rather bizarre, cryptic and generally vague comments whilst on international duty.

His season has been up and down under Mourinho, and he will hope that fixtures against Equatorial Guinea and South Africa will give him a little confidence boost.

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