Chelsea confirm another injury blow with 21y/o a huge doubt ahead of ‘must win’ Aston Villa game
Chelsea had to name a trio of youngsters on the bench at Bournemouth due to piling injuries to key players.
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Chelsea’s medical department is a busy place at the moment with two other players including record signing Moises Caicedo struggling with a knee injury ahead of the weekend’s game against Aston Villa.
The Ecuadorian played for his country against Argentina and Uruguay during the international break but was missing from the team entirely as the Blues frustratingly drew with Bournemouth at the South Coast on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea already have the likes of Reece James, Wesley Fofana and Christopher Nkunku out so Caicedo’s absence has raised the temperatures within the club’s fanbase.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino who just seems not to be able to catch a break on the injury front since he took over the summer confirmed the latest injury in his pre and post-match interviews.
He told reporters at the Vitality stadium: “ Moises Caicedo arrived back from international duty with a knock in his knee.
“We need to assess him in the next few days but he wasn’t available for today, that’s why he's not here.”
Marc Cucurella and Noni Madueke were also the high-profile names missing from the squad at Bournemouth and the manager confirmed both were also absent due to injury and sickness. The Blues now have at least 10 first team players injured.
He added: “Cucurella, fever, yesterday he was at home and today continues still. Noni came from the national team with a muscle problem. Caicedo came with a knock on his knee. We will assess tomorrow.”
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has only one win from his first five league games, a start that is now worse off than former manager Thomas Tuchel had at the start of last season.