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Chelsea letting Burnley decide Drinkwater punishment after off-field incident, injury — report

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Danny Drinkwater is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons once again, this time for a supposed late-night altercation outside of a nightclub that left him (literally) bruised and battered. The Sun have all the salacious details as The Sun usually do, but the part we’re actually concerned about is what it might or might not mean for Danny’s future career.

Most reports paint a picture of remorse and regret from the 29-year-old midfielder for having placed himself into another sticky situation — even if the actual “fault” for the supposed “assault” does not lie with him, and he was the “victim” in this case. To that effect, Drinkwater apparently will be sitting down with Burnley boss Sean Dyche to clear the air, talk things over, and decide how to proceed. Presumably there will at least be a fine incoming?

As per the Telegraph’s Matt Law, Chelsea are leaving this matter up to Burnley, which is where Drinkwater is set to spend at least the first-half of this season on loan. This incident is undoubtedly unhelpful in that regard, in trying to get his football career back on track, but Law’s report does claim that Drinkwater’s injuries are not as bad as initially feared, and he should be back in about three weeks, or half the time originally reported.