Fabregas was reportedly ordered to hand over his training bib and sit the session out, with La Roja's coach apparently feeling that the new Chelsea signing wasn’t working hard enough in training.
AS reports that Del Bosque was critical of Cesc’s attitude during Saturday's session, believing that Fabregas wasn’t working with the necessary intensity or the right body language. Xabi Alonso took the bib instead.
It appeared to be a pretty humiliating experience for Fabregas, who was ordered off in front of all his team-mates, in addition to the watching press and fans.
Fabregas is said to feel Del Bosque hasn’t given him a fair chance at the World Cup: he was in the starting XI until recently, but was merely the third substitute introduced against the Netherlands and he didn’t even get on to the pitch in the defeat by Chile.
The incident isn’t though to be serious enough to push Fabregas out of the reckoning for the side to play Australia on Monday in Spain’s last World Cup game, with Marca reporting that Fabregas could still start.
But it was certainly a chastening moment for Fabregas to be singled out so clearly and embarrassingly by his boss in what was just a normal training session.
Will it amount to anything that should concern his new manager at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho? Certainly his work-rate has rarely been brought into question previously.
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