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Pochettino drops update as Chelsea suffer new injury blow

Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea
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Ending a three-game winless skid came at a price for Chelsea, as one of their key players suffered an untimely injury.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino suspects Ben Chilwell has suffered a possible hamstring issue.

On Wednesday, Chilwell returned to the Blues lineup after a two-game absence to face Brighton in a third-round Carabao Cup tie. He delivered a solid yet unremarkable performance, as Chelsea claimed a 1-0 win. Nicolas Jackson scored the game’s only goal in the 50th minute.

Yet, the promising evening took a downturn when Chilwell fell injured following a late tussle with Brighton’s Billy Gilmour. It brought a tense end to the game, as Chelsea, who had used up all their substitutions, had to finish with 10 men.

“We need to assess tomorrow, but I think it was his hamstring,” Pochettino said of Chilwell’s injury after the match.

Who else is missing for Chelsea?

The manager’s apprehension about the left-back adds to Chelsea’s ongoing concerns. Several key players are still on the sidelines, as mentioned below:

  • Reece James
  • Romeo Lavia
  • Christopher Nkunku
  • Carney Chukwuemeka
  • Trevoh Chalobah
  • Benoit Badiashile
  • Wesley Fofana
  • Marcus Bettinelli.

Adding to the challenges, Malo Gusto and Nicolas Jackson are set to be suspended for Chelsea’s upcoming Premier League clash against London rivals Fulham on Monday.