— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) December 16, 2014
Kurt Zouma was on receiving end in the dying moments of the fist half as Petr Cech punched an inswinging ball clear. Zouma was probably knocked out cold in the collision as the Cheslea medical staff rushed in.
Concern began to mount as Zouma continued to remain on the floor. The French Under-21 international, apart from being concussed, was also bleeding from the mouth. It was decided that he will need to be stretchered off the ground and Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta were clearly unimpressed with the pace at which the ground staff hurried in.
Zouma’s injury is not serious and Mourinho confirmed that Zouma will be available for the upcoming clash against Stoke City.
Their actions are an example of the fantastic team-spirit in the dressing room in a season which looks increasingly promising. Cesc Fabregas has real leadership quality. Jose Mourinho, in an interview with ITV earlier in the season, noted :
Now I understand why at the age of 19 or 20 or 21 he was Arsenal captain. When I am the manager at Chelsea the armband will go to another arm that has been in this club for many many years, but one thing is [the leader’s] brain needs to be connected with the manager, and his brain is connected to mine during matches.
Well, John Terry has been in great form, and won’t be retiring soon. So let’s save this discussion for the future.