Versatile Chelsea forward Kai Havertz admitted he was in “a lot of pain” but insisted on staying on the pitch in the 1-1 home draw with Burnley on Saturday.
The 22-year-old opened the scoring for the Blues with a first-half header from an impeccable cross from Reece James.
Before the goal, Havertz was close to leaving the pitch early after falling over the LED board at the Matthew Harding end of the pitch. Fortunately, he was able to come back on and scored the opener not long after.
“I had a lot of pain, so I just thought I have to try to run again, and sometimes in a game the pain goes away, but it was okay for me,” the Germany international told Chelsea’s official website.
“I scored the goal, so then you have good feelings, and it is okay.”
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In the end, the goal was not enough seal the win as the visitors managed to salvage a point through Matej Vydra’s late equaliser.
Chelsea surprisingly maintain a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table despite dropping points, thanks to Kurt Zouma’s eventual winning goal for West Ham against Liverpool.
Havertz also insisted that Chelsea can continue their good form once the players return from the international break.
“Of course it is not the best day when you draw at home with Burnley but all in all, we can be very satisfied with the last few matches,” he added.
“We played good football.
“We put a lot of effort into the games and we have to keep the momentum after the international break, come back here as strong as before.
“I am very positive that we will continue this way.”