It's been an odd season for Andre Schurrle since setting up the World Cup winning goal this summer in Brazil. The Chelsea player looked poised to break out in a big way, but after a slow start to the season and mention of an illness he was struggling to recover from, and shortly after laughing off suggestions that he was about to leave the Blues, he shared a bit more about his struggles with his health:
"I don’t want to say what the medical name for the illness was but the symptoms are hard to get over. While they may have gone away, it took a toll on my body and it takes lot of time to get back to match fitness."
"The first weeks of the season with Chelsea were actually very good, very positive. I scored against Burnley and the following games were good, too. But then my body just shut down a little bit, because I was tired and maybe a little bit in my head and mind as well. I was doing all the training and travelling and it was not easy."
"I did not feel really well. On the pitch I tried to work harder but I needed more time. For the last couple of weeks, I have been training very hard and trying to get back my fitness. I’m not where I want to be but I feel better and you could see that I was very motivated last night."
"It’s important that Mourinho knows what I have been through. He has helped me. But of course he wants me to be out on the pitch and to be 100 per cent fit. He puts a little bit of pressure on me to get fit, to work, but that is good for me after the talks that we had."
The quotes do bring up some questions, mainly what exactly it is that Andre Schurrle is suffering from. Regardless of what exactly it is though, hopefully he's fully recovered and working his way toward fitness again. Last night was a good showing, and having a fit and firing Andre Schurrle available will make Chelsea all the more difficult to deal with.