Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said that Andre Schurrle’s recent absence from the first-team is down to a sickness which has had an effect on him physically.
The German international joined the Blues in the summer of 2013 and went on to represent the club 43 times in all competitions last season.
His versatility allows Mourinho to deploy him in each of three forward positions behind the striker, and his pace and direct running causes defences numerous problems.
His involvement this season, however, has been limited due to the competition for places and the West Londoners deploying a settled XI which has contributed to a fabulous 19-game unbeaten run.
Schurrle has made just four Premier League starts, and over the past month his game-time has been further limited to just 75 minutes worth of action.
When questioned why Schurrle has been used sparingly of late, Mourinho explained that the former Leverkusen man has been battling with illness which has affected his physicality.
“He was very ill when he went away with the national team, very ill,” Mourinho told the official Chelsea website. “He came back and it took a good two weeks to recover because it was that bad, which affected him from a physical point of view.
“When he trained with the team he had a fragile body and, as a consequence of that, a fragile mind, but he’s coming back step by step. He was on the bench against West Brom and he played 15 minutes in the last match.”
Schurrle has represented the Stamford Bridge outfit 54 times in all competitions since joining the club, scoring 11 goals in the process.
The 24-year-old made a big contribution for Germany in their World Cup success, providing the cross for Mario Goetze to fire in the extra-time winner in the final victory over Argentina.