Veron pleads for Blues chance
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Veron joined The Blues in a £15 million deal last summer after a largely frustrating spell at Manchester United.
However, the Argentine international has endured another disappointing campaign as his season has been disrupted by a persistent back injury.
The former Lazio star has returned to the Chelsea first-team in recent weeks, but is unlikely to feature against his old club on Saturday because of a stomach complaint.
The 29-year-old's ongoing injury woes have raised doubts about his ability to cut it in The Premiership, but Veron is adamant he can make the grade if he is given an extended run in his favoured position of centre midfield.
"Sometimes I play badly because I play out of position," the South American declared.
"I'm not 20 years old, I'm 29. I find it very hard now to play in different positions. My best role in midfield is in the centre.
"My last two games in that position were against Lazio and Newcastle and were two good performances. The team was playing great football and we scored a lot of goals."
With the man who brought him to Stamford Bridge all but certain to leave Chelsea in the summer, there are serious question marks over Veron's future with the West Londoners.
The former Sampdoria star could well be sacrificed during the summer, but having regained fitness, Veron has pleaded for the chance to show he can be a success next term.
"It's difficult because I've been off the pitch for five-and-a-half months," he continued.
"Now I am working every day to play again and if it's possible I will play again this season.
"But I will wait for next year and hope to show my best then.
"This year I've had a lot of injuries and I cannot show any consistency to the team and to the fans. I did not have any injuries for two years at Lazio."