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Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater was reportedly arrested for suspected drunk-driving offences, hours before Chelsea’s 2-0 win against West Ham.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who has been out of favour this season under Maurizio Sarri, crashed his Range Rover into a Skoda at approximately 12.30am on Monday.

According to the report, the crash left debris strewn across the country road in Hale, Gtr Manchester, and a fence was flattened.

According to reports, the out of favour midfielder was with glamorous lawyer Beth Mantel, who he met at the party, when he had the accident.

Drinkwater, Mantel, 33, and Skoda driver Emma Brown, 30, were all treated for minor injuries.

Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas took a light dig at Drinkwater following his driving offence.

Replying to a story about Drinkwater’s arrest which was carried by Sky Sports News twitter handle, Fabregas tweeted a simple two-word put down: “Danny Drinkwhat?”

Drinkwater, is due to appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court on 13 May, and rumours claim that the 29-year-old who was only released on bail has been partying a lot this season, having fallen out of favour under Maurizio Sarri.

Drinkwater is yet to play a competitive game for Chelsea this term, since featuring in the Community Shield clash against Manchester City back in August.

Drinkwater has been deemed surplus to requirements by Sarri and has only made the matchday squad in two games since then across all competitions – at home to Cardiff in September and against Derby in the EFL Cup.

Sarri revealed in December that Drinkwater was free to leave Chelsea if he so chooses because the England international doesn’t fit into his 4-3-3 system.

“I think for him the problem is only my football,” Sarri said.

“He’s a very good midfielder but he is suitable for a midfield two because with a three he is not really a central midfielder or suitable for centre right or centre left.”

When asked about Drinkwater’s future at Chelsea, Sarri said: “I don’t know. It depends on the club, it’s up to him.”

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