Antonio Rudiger is very close to returning from injury, and Chelsea are considering bringing his return forward, according to The Daily Mail.
It’s easy to become desperate for Rudiger’s return, because Chelsea have been leaking goals, and Kurt Zouma had a nightmare opening day performance against Manchester United.
However, there are two reasons why we must not rush him back too soon.
1. Don’t write off Zouma
Zouma was one of Everton’s best players last season, and they desperately campaigned to get him back there, getting the hashtag #FreeZouma to trend online.
He had a game he will want to forget against United and looked very shaky. But let’s not forget it was only a couple of weeks ago that he was being hailed by some as Chelsea’s best defender.
I think he will quickly put that performance behind him, and once again become the powerful and confident defender who we all admired for Everton last season.
2. Don’t risk further injury
It’s almost too obvious to point out, but rushing an injured player back too soon will increase the risk of another injury, or agitating the current one.
With David Luiz having joined Arsenal this summer, the last thing we want is Rudiger on the sidelines for another few months.