Mount plays down knee injury concerns

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has allayed any fears he might miss the Champions League game against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday because of a knee injury.

The England international was once again outstanding – and won and scored a penalty as Chelsea drew 1-1 with Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday.

But he was seen with ice on his knee after the game.

“It’s just a little knock. A bit of bruising but I’ll be fine,” Mount told the club website. “Nothing can stop me.”

The 22-year-old’s calmly taken spot-kick was his seventh goal for club and country in 40 appearances this season.

And he has impressed new boss Thomas Tuchel after being left out of the starting line-up for the German’s first match in charge – the 0-0 draw with Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea face the La Liga leaders Atletico in Spain next, with big Premier League games against Manchester United and Liverpool to follow.

Mount added: “We need to go into these next three or four weeks really focused.

“We have some massive games coming up that can really push us in the right direction so we’re very excited.

“These are the games we want to play in – big Champions League games, big Premier League games against top clubs.”