In today’s Chelsea injury news, we talk about players who are going to miss the visit to the Etihad stadium where champions-in-waiting Manchester City host Frank Lampard’s side.
The Blues are looking to win for just the second time under the 44-year-old since he returned as caretaker manager last month and delay City’s title celebrations.
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Chelsea Injury News – Lampard confirms seven absentees from City game
Chelsea’s already-Herculean task of winning at the Etihad has just gotten tougher. Lampard has confirmed that Mason Mount, Ben Chillwell, Reece James, N’Golo Kante, Marc Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly are all sidelined.
Speaking at the press conference, ahead of their mouth-watering clash, he said:
"“Injury-wise, we’re pretty much similar to where we have been recently, in terms of Mason, Reece, Chilly, N’Golo and Marc Cucurella are not fit.”"
Mount, who has seen a precipitous decline in form, has been nursing a pelvis injury since almost a month now and this will be his fifth consecutive Premier League game out.
James’ campaign has been blighted by injuries, first with a knee problem and now with a hamstring injury, an issue that’s keeping Chillwell out of action too right now.
Like Mount and James, Cucurella too has been sidelined since the Brentford clash with an injury, while Kante has been seriously unlucky health-wise, making only seven top-flight league appearances.
Meanwhile, Kalidou Koulibaly, another summer signing by Chelsea, is recovering from a hamstring injury and Lampard confirmed that he isn’t ready to feature yet with Benoit Badiashile also missing out with a groin injury.
"“Koulibaly has been training with us over the last week but is probably not really ready for a game like this, but he is ahead of schedule to be fair. Benoit injured himself in training two days ago, his groin, and will miss the game. We’re assessing that now as we speak.”"
It’s a really dire state of affairs at Chelsea right now, who are struggling with numerous injuries as well as a lack of form. Just one win from their last nine league outings – and five defeats – has plunged the side below the top 10 league standings.
The Blues are in 11th place with just 43 points from 35 games and could finish in the bottom-half of the table for the first time since the 1995-96 season. Also, they haven’t beaten City since their 1-0 win in the Champions League final in 2021.