Chelsea’s injury woes continue to mount as Ukrainian forward Mykhailo Mudryk becomes the latest casualty, sustaining an undisclosed injury during training, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino’s announcement on Thursday.
The Blues have been grappling with a string of injury setbacks since the early stages of the season, with captain Reece James suffering a hamstring injury on the opening day and Christopher Nkunku undergoing knee surgery. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet.
Mudryk, Chelsea’s marquee signing for an initial 70 million euros ($75.78 million) in January, now joins a growing list of sidelined players. The club has chosen not to disclose the exact nature of his injury.
Pochettino addressed Mudryk’s absence, saying, “He won’t be available for tomorrow. He is a player we hope to help perform in the way we believe he can perform. It’s not a big issue, we need to wait one week or maybe a few days.”
Another name on the injury list is Carney Chukwuemeka, who was forced off the pitch after scoring in Chelsea’s 3-1 loss to West Ham. The 19-year-old underwent knee surgery, and while the recovery time was initially a concern, Pochettino provided a glimmer of hope, stating, “It is not an issue for months, maybe weeks.”
The Argentine manager acknowledged the unfortunate series of injuries but remained optimistic, saying, “I think it is a bit unlucky in some issues like with Carney on Sunday. That is football. It is true, a little bit unlucky with many of the injuries, but I am positive.”
The growing injury list also includes Wesley Fofana, Armando Broja, and Benoit Badiashile, which Pochettino attributed mostly to “bad luck.”
Pochettino also touched on the possibility of new signings, noting the need for at least one goalkeeper and the potential addition of an offensive player. However, he emphasized the importance of nurturing the club’s young talent.
Chelsea received a glimmer of hope with British record signing Moises Caicedo likely to make his first start, while fellow midfielder Romeo Lavia, acquired from Southampton, might have to wait a bit longer to join the action.
As Chelsea navigates this challenging period of injuries, fans eagerly await the return of key players and potential additions to bolster the squad for the upcoming fixtures. Get the latest updates from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports.