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Reports: Drinkwater arrested for drunk driving after crash

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According to reports in England, Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been arrested for suspicion of drunk driving after crashing his Range Rover into another vehicle.

The reports say Drinkwater was leaving a party in Manchester and driving home when he crashed around 12:30am local time on Monday morning.

Drinkwater was not in the Chelsea squad for the 2-0 win over West Ham on Monday, but that was not unusual as Drinkwater has been left out of every Premier League matchday squad but one for Chelsea this season, when he was an unused substitute back in mid-September.

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“Shortly after 12.30am we were called to a collision in Ashley Road in Mere,” said a spokesman for the Cheshire Police. “We arrived at the scene and found a black Land Rover estate car had collided with a wall. There was one man and two women, thankfully they just received minor injuries. A 29-year-old man from Nether Alderley was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. He is currently in custody assisting police with inquiries.”

According to reports, there were no major injuries in the crash, that involved one other car. Drinkwater was with one female in his vehicle, while a female in the other car was also unhurt other than minor injuries. English tabloid The Sun reports that the crash was “really nasty.”

Drinkwater has been told by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri that he is free to leave the club at the end of the season. He joined in the summer of 2017 from Leicester City where he won the Premier League championship.

Report: Ranieri wants to bring Drinkwater to AS Roma

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Aaron Ramsey and Danny Drinkwater have squared off plenty of times, but will their next meeting come in Italy?

Reports say that AS Roma caretaker boss Claudio Ranieri is advising his club to chase former Leicester City center mid Danny Drinkwater, now at Chelsea.

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Ramsey, of course, signed a big money deal with Juventus and will join the Turin side when his contract with Arsenal ends after the season.

The 29-year-old Drinkwater has played just 30 minutes under Maurizio Sarri, and that came back in August’s Community Shield loss to Manchester City.

Drinkwater cost Chelsea around $44 million from Leicester City in 2017, but has yet to replicate — or have the chance to replicate — the magic he displayed during the Foxes’ title run.

He has one goal in 23 appearances for the Blues, who are under an incoming transfer ban the next two windows.

Chelsea 5-0 Stoke City: Blues sail past Potters

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  • Chelsea 3-0 after 23 minutes
  • Willian wins, scores PK in 73rd
  • Potters concede PL-worst 45 goals

Chelsea had very little challenge from Stoke City in a 5-0 blowout at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater, Pedro, Willian, and Davide Zappacosta scored for Chelsea, who advanced into second with 45 points before Manchester United plays Southampton.

Stoke sits 13th with 20 points.

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Chelsea had a corner kick inside of a minute, as the Blues looked to establish its expected upper hand.

(Narrator voice) They did.

Rudiger nodded a third minute free kick inside the far post from Willian’s sweeping offering.

Drinkwater made it 2-0 with an outside of the boot screamer in the ninth minute, leaving Jack Butland hopeless.

Butland made a stop on Alvaro Morata four minutes later, under siege but unrelenting between the sticks.

Pedro then forced a save out of Butland at 21 minutes, and beat the keeper from the chalk of the 18 two minutes later to make it 3-0.

Thibaut Courtois stopped a Saido Berahino shot early in the second half as the English attacker aimed to end his goal drought.

Butland had another stop on Morata at the hour mark, the third or fourth time he thwarted a decent chance for the Spaniard.

Willian won a penalty off Geoff Cameron in the 73rd minute, and the Brazilian converted his opportunity.

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AT HALF: Marvelous Drinkwater goal among six 10 a.m. ET kickoffs (video)

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The world had to wait for 10 a.m. ET to see any Premier League action, and Danny Drinkwater made it worth its patience.

The ex-Leicester man has produced an outstanding goal amongst a trio of Chelsea goals against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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Chelsea 3-0 Stoke City

Drinkwater’s wonderful outside of the boot goal is sandwiched between Antonio Rudiger and Pedro goals at Stamford Bridge.

Watford 1-0 Swansea City

Andre Carrillo reaped the rewards of a Richarlison rebound, as the Hornets are showing new Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal the size of his challenge.

Liverpool 0-1 Leicester City

Entertainment to the maximum, with a disallowed Sadio Mane goal for offside coming the closest to leveling Jamie Vardy‘s opener.

Newcastle United 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

The two promoted side look very much like the adjective at St. James’ Park.

Bournemouth 1-0 Everton

Ryan Fraser has a goal off a Joshua King cross, and Big Sam’s Toffees are down a goal at the Vitality Stadium.

Huddersfield Town 0-0 Burnley

Not much cooking at the John Smith’s Stadium, though the Clarets look better money to open the scoring away from home.

Report: Kante, Drinkwater to reunite at Chelsea vs. Man United

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From Leicester City to Chelsea, N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater are finally set to be reunited on the field.

According to a report from The Guardian, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is set to bring back the title-winning partnership in central midfield as a way to shakeup the lineup following a 3-0 bashing at Roma midweek. Drinkwater has made just three appearances this season for Chelsea after rehabbing from a calf injury that he suffered prior to his deadline-day move.

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If Drinkwater does start alongside Kante in midfield, it could mean a move to the bench for Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoué Bakayoko or a change in formation. Chelsea has continued to use Conte’s preferred 3-4-3 formation but the Blues have struggled when Cesar Azpilicueta plays as a wing back instead of with the centerbacks. That was the case at Roma, when Antonio Rudiger played in central defense.

With Manchester City nine points ahead in the standings, Chelsea’s margin of error in the Premier League has dropped significantly. Perhaps the return of a Kante-Drinkwater partnership can help Chelsea find its mojo again.