DE BRUYNE: ON THE UP
Kevin De Bruyne was pleased to be able to rejoin his team-mates for our trip to America this week after flying home early from our Asia tour.
The Belgian injured his knee while scoring our second goal during our game in Malaysia, and the next morning flew back to England for scans, which revealed no serious damage. It was a relief for the 22-year-old, who is determined to make his mark at Stamford Bridge this term after spending last season on loan in Germany with Werder Bremen.
Recalling the injury in Kuala Lumpur, he admits it was a relief when the club's medical department concluded he would not be out for long.
'I just remember I scored the goal, tripped and fell the other way,' De Bruyne said. 'I felt pain in the ankle and my knee was blocked, so I wasn't too busy worrying about the goal, I was busy with my knee, but in the end it was okay.
'By the time I flew home it was less worrying, I knew there was no major damage, but just a little pain, and it was nice to see the rest of the squad back in London. I don't like to sit inside with the physios, I like to be outside training normally with the team.'
Since travelling to Washington DC, the former Genk man has completed both training sessions ahead of tonight's game against Inter in Indianapolis, and he hopes to be involved.
'Since we came to America training is good, I had a little pain in the second session so we will see how I feel ahead of the game,' he said. 'I hope to play, but we don't want to risk it and if not we will take each day as it comes.'
Tonight's game can be seen live on Chelsea TV, with an exclusive preview from Jose Mourinho from 12.45am UK time.