Having clashed over Diego Costa's match fitness, Chelsea and Spain look set to go ahead and repeat some of the same public debates over Cesc Fabregas. Much like Costa before the October international break, Fabregas has just completed three matches in the space of a week, but apparently all the while also carrying an injury. Mourinho alluded to as much after the game, claiming that while his gamble paid off handsomely in the Chelsea win, Cesc might now be out for up to three weeks.
For his part, Fabregas is loving the fact that he's playing so much and in such a key role. After a few years of playing second and third fiddle to Messi, Xavi, and Co., he's thriving in the "90, 90, 90" life.
So that's all well and good and while the injury news is not ideal, its timing is about as good as it could possibly get. Unless of course you're Spain and you're possibly suspecting some shenanigans from Mourinho and Chelsea. They claim it's just protocol, but it sure doesn't sound like they're trusting Chelsea's word.
"We haven't replaced Fàbregas because we wanted him to see our medics. That's not a lack of confidence in the player and the medics at Chelsea, or nothing like that, but it was desirable for him to have tests, see our medics and clarify things. That's why we haven't called anyone else up and why he remains in the squad. That's the story."
"...there's some protocols we have to fulfill and we're obliged to fulfill them. There's no lack of confidence in the player, who has made 95 international appearances and is close to making 100, so he wants to play."
-Vicente Del Bosque; source: Inside Spanish Football
Contrary to initial expectations after the Liverpool match, Fabregas did join up with the national team earlier today and will undergo a scan at some point very soon (if he hasn't already). This sure could get interesting if Spain declare him fit for their upcoming games against Belarus and Germany.