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Chelsea: Pochettino offers update on Enzo Fernandez ahead of Tottenham derby

Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea
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The Argentine international missed Chelsea’s disappointing defeat against Brentford on Saturday.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has provided an update on the status of Enzo Fernandez.

The Argentine midfielder has been an integral part of Chelsea’s squad since his arrival earlier this year, making his absence a matter of concern for fans.

Pochettino, speaking before the match against Brentford, expressed that while Fernandez was sidelined, he wasn’t overly worried about the situation. 

“We hoped they would be okay to be in the squad, but unfortunately, they aren’t quite ready. Small muscle injuries for them both [Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk],” the manager said.

“Neither of them are big issues, but we didn’t want to take any risks.”

Fernandez, who recently became a father, may have been affected by these personal developments, according to Pochettino. The manager explained, “Yes, they have a baby. That’s possibly why he felt uncomfortable and couldn’t train, and now, he’s going to rest and recover.”

Pochettino’s update suggests that Fernandez could return to action in the near future, potentially in time for Chelsea’s crucial league match against Tottenham next Monday. Prior to that, Chelsea will face Blackburn Rovers in the Carabao Cup, but Fernandez is unlikely to be available for that fixture.