Fabregas could miss trip back to his former side…
Chelsea fear they could lose Cesc Fabregas for their crucial, title deciding matches against Manchester United and Arsenal, reports London Evening Standard.
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The Spaniard picked up his ninth yellow card of the season against West Ham in mid-week and is just one caution shy of a mandatory two game ban.
Before their crunch, back-to-back fixtures with their table topping opponents, Chelsea have to face the likes of Southampton, Hull, Stoke and QPR.
And if Fabregas picks up a card against QPR he’ll miss United’ trip to Stamford Bridge an their visit to the Emirates to face his former club Arsenal.
The FA have, however, set a deadline of April 12th for reaching double figure cautions and if he is able to remain out of the referee’s book by that point his slate will be wiped clean.
Yet despite Chelsea’s fears, Mourinho has pedigree in situations such as this of ordering his players to get intentional yellow cards so as not restrict them from playing in key matches further down the line.
For instance, during Real Madrid’s Champions League group-game match against Ajax Mourinho was seen to order both Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos to get themselves deliberately sent off so as to not carry their suspension record through to the knockout rounds.
And the looming threat of his absence could force Mourinho to do the same with the Spaniard acquiring 15 assists so far this season in the Premier League.