Enzo Fernandez latest: Mauricio Pochettino gives update on midfielder who was early substitute v Newcastle

Enzo Fernandez was substituted in the 30th minute of Chelsea's dramatic Carabao Cup shootout victory.
Mauricio Pochettino hugs Enzo Fernandez as he limps off. Credit: GettyMauricio Pochettino hugs Enzo Fernandez as he limps off. Credit: Getty
Mauricio Pochettino hugs Enzo Fernandez as he limps off. Credit: Getty

Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez was forced off early in the League Cup quarter final win with illness.

The Argentine didn't appear to be suffering any major discomfort, but in the 30th minute Mauricio Pochettino brought him off for Armando Broja. The World Cup winner then gave his manager a long hug, before he headed straight down the tunnel.

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Chelsea won 4-2 on penalties in a dramatic Carabao Cup quarter final against Newcastle after the game was tied at full time. Callum Wilson opened the scoring in the 16th minute after a host of errors at the back.

The Blues then missed a host of chances with Raheem Sterling particularly profligate, and Pochettino getting increasingly irate on the sideline. While Fernandez hasn't been in great form, Chelsea missed the Argentine's incision and calm head on the ball.

Then in added time, Kieran Trippier misjudged a header and Mykhailo Mudryk slotted home the equaliser. Stamford Bridge came to life at that point, and the Blues dispatched all four of their spot kicks in style.

The normally reliable Kieran Trippier pushed his penalty wife, and then rookie goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic saved from Matt Ritchie to send the Matthew Harding Stand wild.

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After the match, Pochettino was asked about Fernandez's injury, but said he had just been suffering illness. The manager said: "He had to go out because he was a little bit sick before the game, he suffered something in his stomach. He tried, he wanted to play … but he didn’t feel well and went off."

Pochettino seemed confident Fernandez would be ready for the weekend if required. Captain on the day Conor Gallager was Chelsea's best player, always driving his team forward. He smashed his penalty into the roof of the net with style and confidence.

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