Chelsea have been handed a fitness boost with the knee injury suffered by Jorginho described as “not a serious problem” by the midfielder’s agent.
Jorginho, football.london understands, picked up the knock during the Blues’ goalless draw with Leeds United and would’ve been ruled out of the Champions League game with Atletico Madrid were he not already suspended.
The 29-year-old didn’t train with the Chelsea first-team squad ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final clash with Sheffield United and wasn’t selected in the 38-man Italy squad for their World Cup qualifiers.
“As regards to the midfielders, we are really in a bit of difficulty in the centre,” Azzurri boss Roberto Mancini said in his press conference on Monday.
“We’re missing Jorginho, who wasn’t well. He’d taken a knock to the knee and he wasn’t fit to play in these games so we didn’t risk him.”
Jorginho has remained in England and is undertaking his recovery at Cobham, alongside Tammy Abraham and Thiago Silva, during the international break.
And his agent, Joao Santos, told Radio Marte (via CalcioMercato.com), that Jorginho shouldn’t be ruled out long term.
“It’s not a serious problem (the knee), he needs to do some physiotherapy,” he said.
Jorginho’s future at Chelsea was the subject of speculation last summer.
The Italian international had lost his place in the starting XI during the Blues’ Project Restart fixtures and a potential switch to Arsenal was mooted but never materialised.
The former Napoli star started the current campaign in the side under Frank Lampard was but was once more on the periphery of the squad when the club legend was sacked in January.
Jorginho has quickly established himself as a key player once more under Thomas Tuchel. The midfielder has featured in all but one of the Premier League matches overseen by the German coach and was in the side for the first leg of Chelsea’s Champions League Round of 16 tie against Atletico.
And Santos believes Jorginho has proved those who doubted his ability to thrive in English football wrong in recent weeks.
“Everyone is wrong in this claim,” he said. “In the Premier League, a faster and more physical midfield, he plays in a two, while in the national team he plays in a three. He’s an intelligent player, he knows how to play football.”
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Jorginho’s contract at Stamford Bridge runs until the summer of 2023 and as yet, there have been no discussions to extend his deal.
Santos insists he and the Chelsea star are relaxed about the situation and that a future move back to Serie A remains a distinct possibility.
“The Chelsea midfield has players of great value,” he said. “If Chelsea don’t renew, we’ll try to return to Italy.”