Chelsea injury: Chelsea manager Graham Potter is still missing a number of key players, the most recent being Denis Zakaria.
Despite bringing in a number of new players during the summer and Chelsea injury January transfer windows, Chelsea are facing an injury crisis midway through the 2022/23 season.
The Blues drew level with Liverpool on points on Sunday when Kai Havertz scored the game-winning goal against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge, with the Reds up next. Chelsea currently has a number of key players on the sidelines due to injury, including Raheem Sterling, Christian Pulisic, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, and Wesley Fofana.
Zakaria was the latest absentee after suffering a quadricep injury in the 2-1 loss to Fulham, but he could be back soon. With that in mind, it looks at the Blues’ most recent injuries.
James, Reece’s Injury News
James suffered another injury while pulling up against Bournemouth after missing the World Cup in Qatar. The word on the street is that if you’re looking for a new look for the upcoming season, you’ve come to the right place.
Pulisic, Christian Update Injury
Pulisic was injured and subbed off in the Premier League loss to Manchester City, coming off worse in a tackle by John Stones. The American international was visibly upset as he collapsed twice after the challenge.
He was eventually replaced by Carney Chukwuemeka, and he was also absent from the FA Cup match against City. He’ll be on the bench for another long time.
Chilwell, Ben injury update
After missing large parts of the Blues’ season, fellow defender Ben Chilwell will be eager to get back in shape and contribute to Chelsea’s chances of finishing in the top four this season.
Injury status for Wesley Fofana
Wesley Fofana’s influence at the back has been felt in his absence despite missing the majority of the season so far. However, in a huge boost for the Blues and the defender himself, it appears that a return is on the way, as he has been spotted in training again.
Denis Zakaria’s injury status is being updated.
After a slow start at Stamford Birdge, the Chelsea loanee has made his way into the first-team in recent weeks. However, in a huge blow to the side, he was forced off after 56 minutes in the defeat to Fulham and has handed a major blow to Potter’s midfield options.
Loftus-Cheek suffers an injury.
On Tuesday, the midfielder teammates returned to training for the first time since November, but the Fulham game was deemed too soon. He could, however, be available for the trip to Anfield and provide Potter with the versatility he will need in the upcoming games.
According to Di Marzio reporter Nathan Gissing, he recovered from his injury in time to face Palace but has since become ill.
Ngolo Kante, his injury recovery
After missing the World Cup as well, 2018 World Cup winners France fell at the final hurdle, with some suggesting that N’golo Kante’s injury update.
Raheem Sterling, injury update
In the same game where Chelsea lost Pulisic, Sterling was replaced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang within the first few minutes. Following a collision with John Stones, the 28-year-old winger fell to the ground with a grimace on his face.
Sterling was not named in the 18-man squad that travelled to his old stomping ground on Sunday, with Chelsea giving a brief update on the summer signing.
His second scan, however, is thought to have revealed more damage than the first.