Cesc Fabregas was enjoying a good pre-season with Chelsea before he suffered a knee injury that kept him out for over a month.
The 31-year-old was expected to be out for only two weeks, but it took more than a month for the Spaniard to recover.
Upon Fabregas’ return to the team, he had lost his place in the starting eleven, with the Chelsea team doing well and winning games.
Fabregas only returned to the pitch in the Europa League clash against PAOK Salonika as he replaced Jorginho in the second half.
Fabregas is expected to start against Liverpool in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash and he has revealed that being away on injury was hard for him and his family suffered for it.
Fabregas said: “It is great to be back. Football is what I love the most to do in my life and I missed it a lot. I had to be patient.
“[The knee injury] was apparently something that should have kept me out for only 10-15 days and it took longer than it should. I’m really happy because I struggled a little bit.
“I didn’t expect it to be that long. I’m at home, I’m only thinking about this, I’m sad. My family is the one that paid for it the most.
“[Being injured] is the thing we dislike the most as football players — we just want to train, keep fit and play games, especially with the team doing well. I just want to be part of it and, hopefully, now it is the start of a very long and good season for me and the team.”