Chelsea have certainly suffered their fair share of injuries this season. Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek suffered cruciate ligament injuries at the back end of last season. The latter is still to return. The former has returned, but missed out last night due to another knock.
Reece James was another to miss the start of the season, but has thankfully shown no signs of a recurrence. Antonio Rudiger came back early in the season, but suffered additional problems that saw him out for a longer period of time.
Andreas Christensen has also seen time on the sidelines, and suffered a broken nose against Manchester United. It’s possible he could be available for Saturday’s clash with Tottenham, but most likely wearing a protective mask.
Fikayo Tomori, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Marcos Alonso have also seen time on the sidelines this season. Christian Pulisic has missed the past seven-weeks with a thigh problem that appears worse than first thought.
Tammy Abraham suffered an ankle injury against Arsenal last month. Despite the knock the 22-year-old played in the Blues trip to Leicester City. Now, despite a two-week winter break, Abraham is sidelined with no return date known at this point.
N’Golo Kante is the latest to suffer, limping out early on in yesterday’s defeat. The Frenchman has suffered a lot from injury this season, and at this point the severity of his latest setback, or a return date are unknown.
However, Frank Lampard gave the club’s website an update. He said:
“N’Golo, after what happened tonight, is probably a no for Saturday. It’s an abductor injury and we will have to access him but it doesn’t look good at first glance.”
It’s been a difficult season with injuries, not helped by the transfer ban, and then a failure to sign any new faces in January. Overall, despite the future looking a little bleak, the Blues remain fourth. Our fate is in our own hands, roll on Saturday where we’ll hopefully see a positive reaction in the vital premier league clash with Tottenham.
Spurs themselves confirmed today that Son Heung-min is now out. BBC report Spurs fear he’s out for the rest of the season. With Harry Kane out long-term, Jose Mourinho faces a bit of problem for Saturday’s game. Moussa Sissoko is definitely out, and their are question marks over Erik Lamela, and Juan Foyth.