Enzo Fernandez did not train with Chelsea this week because of an ‘inflammation in his adductor’ rather than a muscle strain or injury.

That’s according to journalist Gaston Edul, who reports that the midfielder is simply being cautious with his fitness rather than suffering from something serious.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that Fernandez was a doubt for Monday’s clash with Everton at Stamford Bridge but did not go into details on the problem that had put the Argentine in doubt for the game.

The manager simply stated that he was being assessed but Edul has gone one step further, reporting that Fernandez didn’t train because of an inflammation.

Edul states categorically that the midfielder does not have a muscle strain or injury, so his absence is simply one caused by caution at this point.

He adds that there is a chance Chelsea will elect to rest him for Monday’s clash with Everton at Stamford Bridge to ensure that he is 100% fit for the FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City next week.

That would certainly make sense for Pochettino, whose future may actually depend on that game, while having Fernandez fit for the derby with Arsenal after that game by sacrificing him for Everton would add further sense to the decision.