Manager of Chelsea Antonio Conte who claimed that injury is the reason why captain of the Super Eagles John Obi Mikel is yet to play a competitive game for Chelsea under him is being economical with the truth, following Mikel’s performance against Plateau United in a test game.
29 year old Mikel will be out of contract this summer after 11 years at Stamford Bridge but he is yet to play a single game for the Blues, since leading Nigeria to a bronze medal finish at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Before Chelsea’s last game against Hull City manager Antonio Conte claimed the Super Eagles captain is carrying a minor injury which has kept him out of the side, but judging by his performance yesterday, it appears there’s more to the reason why he isn’t getting games at Chelsea under Conte.
The Jos born midfielder, was introduced in the second half by coach Gernot Rohr in the test game against the first professional team he first trained with in his career and, his performance was top notch.
Mikel twice came close to scoring with efforts that brought out fine saves from goalkepper Danladi Isah of Plateau United. Aside that he was everywhere on the pitch during the course of the game. His overall performance didn’t suggest he was carrying an injury.