John Mikel Obi speaking with referee Mark Clattenburg
John Mikel Obi has said he cannot wait to return for Chelsea against Norwich City on Boxing Day after a three-match ban.
The Nigeria midfielder was handed a three-match ban and a fine of £60,000 after a race row involving him and referee Mark Clattenburg in October.
Mikel has missed two league games including Sunday’s 8-0 mauling of Aston villa as well as the Capital One quarterfinal at Leeds United.
"I am happy that the ban is over. It is my past now, so I have to look ahead. I am ready for the game against Norwich City on December 26,” Mikel said Monday.
“I missed football while I was banned because I always want to be part of the action.
“We are on the high now and I can't wait to return and be part of the action as it was before my ban.”
Mikel is also expected to be involved in the English Premier League (EPL) fixture on Sunday at Everton and the London derby against QPR on January 2 before he joins up with the Eagles training camp in Faro, Portugal for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations.