Chelsea fans may have been given some good news with the return of their number one right-back from injury as the defender returned to action in Serbia’s 4-1 defeat to the Czech Republic during the international friendly fixtures on 13 November.
The 31-year-old suffered a hamstring injury during Serbia’s victory over Albania in the European championship qualifier and in his absence, Jose Mourinho has had to deploy Kurt Zouma in the left-back position while Cesar Azplicueta has had to go back to the right-back position which has not been so meaningful.
Ivanovic is therefore set for a return to the team when the English Premier League champions host Norwich in the weekend as the Blues manager recently said he is his best right-back at the club even with his fumbling displays so far this season.
The Serbian defender said, “I’m working hard to get my fitness back and I hope I’m going to be at the level I have to be after my injury.”
Of the team’s present predicament, the defender said, “We didn’t react well after winning the League trophy last season. The only way to get out of this situation is to win, win and win again.”
“No one has seen anything strange in the team. I don’t think any footballer wants to lose a game. It doesn’t matter the situation around you, your job is to win, your passion is winning games.”
“I think all of the Chelsea players approach the game like that. The players are very honest with each other. We speak a lot, even during the training sessions we try to help and explain things to each other.”
“Even when someone criticises another one, it is positive. That is important, there is nothing negative. This is a normal situation.”