The altercation raised question marks about the £32million man's temperament in his homeland. But it is was there that he confirmed he was raring to get back to club duty after a 90-minute run out for Belgium.
"I didn't play the last three games due to that suspension," he explained. "I'd rather it not have been like that, it was frustrating, but on the other side I have fresh legs. The rest did me well.
"At Chelsea I usually play three games a week, so just to play 90 minutes again was enjoyable."