Is this what Chelsea fans have been waiting for Marin launches into horror challenge… just four minutes into his first league start, and SIX MONTHS after joining for 7m
21:40 GMT, 2 January 2013
22:14 GMT, 2 January 2013
Chelsea winger Marko Marin was lucky to escape a red card in the
opening stages of his first Premier League start against QPR on Wednesday night.
The former Werder Bremen man has struggled to break into
the first team at Stamford Bridge since his 7m move to the European
champions in the summer.
And he was fortunate not to heading back to the dressing room after only four minutes against relegation strugglers QPR.
Lucky boy: Marin was only cautioned after flying into a studs up challenge on Stephane Mbia
Fringe player: The German international has struggled to make an impact for his new side since his 7m move in the summer
Having lost control of the ball on the right hand side, the German lunged at Stephane Mbia with all studs showing.
Despite the severity of the challenge referee Lee Mason opted to only produce a yellow card, a decision that would surely have angered QPR boss Harry Redknapp as his side looked to enhance their chances of survival with a victory at Stamford Bridge.
For all the world though it looked like Mbia was lucky to
escape a serious injury and the commentary team on 5 live were convinced
that the tackle deserved a sending off.
Referee Lee Mason decided only to show Marin a yellow card for the challenge
Robbie Savage said the player should certainly have been sent off. And former Tottenham boss David Pleat said: ‘It’s reckless, he’s
Having not appeared in the league since Chelsea's goalless draw with
Fulham on November 28, Marin has been rumoured to be close to
loan switch back to the Bundesliga with Beyer Levekusen.
The presence of fellow new boys Eden Hazard, Oscar and Victor Moses
have limited the opportunities for Marin to make an impact for Rafa Benitez' side.
It has been reported in recent weeks that the 23-year-old is set to join Beyer Levekusen on loan this month
Injuries have also played a part in the 23-year-old's lack of playing
time and while stressing he sees his future as a Chelsea player, the
German did not entirely rule out a loan move in the January transfer
'I could imagine a loan deal,' he said. 'It could be
an ideal option to get me playing more regularly and help me with my
'But I think at this time it is out of the question
and I won’t be heading back to the Bundesliga.'
Marin's miserable start to life at Chelsea continued when he was substituted for Hazard after a n hour of the match, which QPR surprisingly won 1-0.