Chelsea and Antonio Conte will be glad with this piece of news that one of his defenders will return by January.
Abdul Baba Rahman has been injured since the beginning of the year, after tearing his Anterior Cruciate Ligament while on international duty for Ghana at the African Cup of Nations in Gabon.
The left-full-back secured a loan move to Schalke 04 in the summer of 2016, but his days at the Bundesliga club were cut short, so he could return to Chelsea’s training base in Cobham to step up recovery.
He was not included in this season’s Premier League squad submitted by Chelsea, nor was he in the Champions League squad for the group stage.
However, a fully fit Rahman could get into Conte’s team in the new year, to provide natural cover for the only recognized natural left full back, Marcos Alonso. You can use our betting odds for the EPL matches and bet if you think Baba will return to Chelsea or be sold in the summer.
Rahman, was prominent in Augsburg’s Bundesliga campaign three seasons ago, earning plaudits across Europe.
After the Blues secured his signature in the summer of 2015 for a reported £14 million, rising to a potential fee of almost £22 million, Rahman struggled to adapt under Jose Mourinho making only the 15 appearances for the blues mosting being used as a sub.
On 27 February, Rahman made an error which allowed Southampton’s Shane Long to score; he was substituted at half time never to play for Chelsea again.
Having secured a loan move to Schalke, the Ghana international was was returning to his Augsburg form prior to his knee injury. He reckons it has been a difficult last few months without regular football, but he is still hopeful of a return to club action in December.
Rahmann is quoted by Ghanasoccernet saying:
“My recovery is going well, hopefully, God willing by December I should be able to get some games at club level. I have been training but I still have some small pains in my knee. The medical staff are still working on me and I will be fully fit soon.”
“Not playing for all these months is not easy, especially if you are regular at the clubs you have played for. But certainly injuries are part of football and they are bound to occur once a while. In all, I just have to focus and come back even more stronger.”
Baba Rahman, Ghana Soccernet