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Mason Mount: Why my injury layoff could benefit Chelsea and England

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ason Mount dismisses the suggestion of a Euros hangover – but accepts his recent injury layoff could be best for club and country.

Chelsea and England’s marathon man appeared to run out of gas in the opening weeks of this season.

It is understandable considering his remarkable rise in such a short space of time – going from Derby loanee to Champions League winner and key figure in the Three Lions’ run to the Euro 2020 Final.

Seen as virtually undroppable by Frank Lampard, Thomas Tuchel and Gareth Southgate, he played an incredible 69 games last season, which would have been more if not for him having to self-isolate as a Covid precaution – effectively ruling him out of two of England’s games in the summer.

Mount’s energy levels and ability to link midfield and attack have made him critical to any team he plays in – but those bursts and game-changing moments have been conspicuous by their absence in the early weeks of this campaign.

And even he admits the injury – described only as a minor knock – that forced him to miss key games against Manchester City and Juventus last month, may have been a blessing following the Euros.

“I wouldn’t say (it was) a hangover,” he said ahead of tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary. “I think after an experience like that and how far we got, it does take some time to kind of get over it, I’d say, and kind of reflect.

“But as soon as the next season starts you’re on to the next season now and that’s behind you. Maybe physically it still can take a toll, even though you’ve had a break and you’re into the next season.

“So it’s natural that happens and after playing many games in the normal season then to go to the Euros and play games and then to carry on after a short break to go straight into a pre-season, can take a toll.

“So maybe I felt that a little bit this season.”

Mount is yet to score this term – and it was notable that in his last start for Chelsea, he was substituted at half time against Tottenham, with Tuchel so concerned by his team’s sluggishness in the first 45 minutes.

He believes the injury has allowed him to recharge.

He added: “I feel like now, obviously to miss a week when I was at Chelsea with a little injury, to get back and be in the England squad that little break makes you feel a bit more energetic and gives you that little boost.

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