Chelsea to be without Mata for months

Chelsea are facing the prospect of being without their Spain international Juan Mata until September as the midfielder prepares to compete in the London Olympics days after winning Euro 2012 with his country, the Daily Mail has reported.

Because of Mata’s international exertions he will be allowed time off to recuperate at the end of Spain’s involvement in the Olympics, which, if the world and European champions were to reach the final, would not be until August 11, a week before the Premier League season is due to start.

The Chelsea players who were involved in Euro 2012 were each given 21 days holiday from the point their nation was eliminated from the competition, meaning, for example, Mata’s compatriot Fernando Torres is only just beginning his summer break. But with Mata now preparing for Spain’s first group game – against Japan on July 26 – there is the possibility that the 24-year-old is not back in contention for Chelsea until as late as September 1.

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