In a recent interview Brazilian news outlet Globo Sport, Chelsea FC midfielder Oscar revealed that he has been battling a hip abductor injury and has not been playing as a result of that. Oscar has not played in any of Chelsea’s matches since the first leg against Atletico Madrid at the Estadio Vicente Calderon. He has been training with the squad and has even made the bench for a few of the matches but has yet to feature.
This lead to some speculation about his form or relationship with manager Jose Mourinho but Oscar has finally revealed that an injury has kept him sidelined. Oscar also mentioned that he wished to remain on the bench for the next two matches so he does not aggravate his hip injury. With Chelsea not having a realistic chance at the Premier League title he may get his wish.
“I’m not playing because I felt a pain due to an injury to my hip, so, in the last game against Liverpool, I was not called on,” Oscar told Globo Sport. I warmed up [against Atletico], but Mourinho knew that I could hardly play. Maybe I will not play the next game because I could suffer a more serious injury to my hip and he knows it. We’re aiming to try and play me in the final clash of the Premier League but I have to take care for the World Cup. We still have two very important games in the Premier League because Chelsea can still be champions, but it is important I rest because the World Cup is here.”
This latest comment has upset some Chelsea supporters that believe Oscar has prioritized his national team duties over his club. One thing they need to remember though is that Oscar has been playing nearly nonstop for two years now since he arrived at Chelsea. He has suffered a dip in form since the turn of the new year but that may just be a symptom of his injury or simply fatigue. It is understandable that a Brazilian player wants to be fit for a World Cup in his home country so this all seems like much ado about nothing. Oscar is a fine young player with a very bright future and he deserves the rest so he can shine as a Chelsea player at the World Cup.
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