Chelsea Take First Steps Towards Solving Worrying Injury Crisis

Chelsea Take First Steps Towards Solving Worrying Injury Crisis

Elijah Odetokun
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:25 PM
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  • Todd Boehly is amid a massive shakeup at Chelsea after his takeover last year
  • One of those major changes was the departure of the club's chief medical officer
  • The first team has been riddled with many injuries and the Blues need solutions

Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital took over Chelsea last March for many millions, after Roman Abramovich was forced to sell the club due to sanctions by the United Kingdom government over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The new owners have witnessed many departures since then, with key components like Bruce Buck, Petr Cech, Marina Granovskaia and even head coach, Thomas Tuchel all leaving the club.

With the team struggling for results on the pitch, the impact is perhaps being felt most with the absence of the former Blues coach.

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Chelsea is pursuing a solution to the injury crisis currently plaguing its first team. Photos by Ryan Pierse/Ryan Pierse/Craig Mercer.
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However, a far more important impact was felt with the departure of chief medical officer, Paco Biosca, as reported by Chelsea Chronicles.

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Chelsea hire physios as solution

As noted by Give Me Sport, there were 11 first-team members out injured, a list that included Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Raheem Sterling and even goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy.

These players could form a separate starting XI that looks better on paper than what is available to Graham Potter for selection at this stage.

The injury problems are gradually coming to an end, with only N'golo Kante, Christian Pulisic and long-term absentee and young striker, Armando Broja the ones still out.

Others are either fit for selection or undertaking team training.

As reported by Sun UK, Boehly has hired two top physicians to help prevent the recurrence of the injuries suffered by the players, especially in terms of hamstring issues.

Top rugby physio, Fearghal Kerin and former Manchester United physio, Dave Fevre have been recruited to help combat the persistent fitness issues.

Chelsea fans on Enrique rumours

The hiring and firing of managers was one of the blueprints for success under former owner, Abramovich. He vowed to discontinue that by trusting Potter with a five-year contract.

However, there are reports the English manager could be axed if results don't improve, and former Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique has now been linked to the coaching job.

Sports Brief reported that while results on the pitch were discouraging, fans want stability and believe it would be worth sacking Potter before he is given a real chance.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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