Gary Cahill has revealed that he is ‘naturally’ worried about winning his spot back in Antonio Conte’s starting side, report the London Evening Standard.
Cahill was sent off on the opening day of the season against Burnley and subsequently banned for three games. His ban has now come to an end, but the Premier League champions have secured maximum points in his absence, with Antonio Rudiger proving himself to be a worthy deputy.
The worry for Cahill now is breaking back into the starting eleven. It was a similar story with John Terry last campaign. He suffered an ankle injury during the 2-2 draw with Swansea City and upon his return to fitness found his route into the back-three firmly blocked.
The London Evening Standard report that Cahill was quizzed by reporters ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Qarabag, and the England international revealed:
“It’s natural. If you’re out the team, the team does well… I’m part of the squad and I’m an individual player.”
Cahill went on to insist that his primary focus is on the success of the team, and he is happy to contribute wherever possible, as the London Evening Standard report:
“I’m available for selection now and whenever you’re available you can influence things. It’s about the team. It’s about the team doing well.”
Should Gary Cahill replace Antonio Rudiger in the starting side now he is available for selection?
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