Chelsea: Inside Look at All of Their Injured Players As Pochettino Continues to Struggle

Chelsea: Inside Look at All of Their Injured Players As Pochettino Continues to Struggle

Martin Moses
September 18, 2023 at 7:22 AM
  • Chelsea played out to a frustrating goalless draw with Bournemouth on Sunday, September 17
  • Mauricio Pochettino pinned the blame on the unavailability of a fully fit squad, with more than 10 players out with injuries
  • The Blues remain with only six wins in competitive games this year

Chelsea's poor run this calendar year continued after they dropped points in a listless draw against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

The Blues appeared out of sorts as they failed to break the Cherries' low block, leaving them with only one win in their first five games of the season despite the huge investment made over the last couple of transfer windows.

Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea, Christopher Nkunku, Moises Caicedo, Chelsea injured players
Chelsea's Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino looks on during their clash against Bournemouth on September 17. Photo by Robin Jones - AFC Bournemouth.
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The West London side admittedly crafted chances but failed to breach Neto's net, with Raheem Sterling coming close in the second half when he hit the upright with a beautiful free-kick.

The run of results puts Mauricio Pochettino under immediate scrutiny. Boos rented the air from the away end at the end of the game, with vice-captain Ben Chilwell forced to apologise.

Pochettino's thoughts on Chelsea form

Pochettino downplayed the criticism and appeared to bemoan the lack of a fully fit available squad to him.

"I think the fans know if you invest the type of money, there is expectation. What I can tell the fans is the circumstance, I cannot change the reality. With all of the squad fit, we can compete, we don't have all of the squad available, what can we do?" he said, as quoted by Football London.

It goes without saying that Chelsea have been hampered by injuries to key players in recent seasons. The maiden campaign of the Pochettino era has been no different. He lost his new captain Reece James after just one game, a few weeks after new marquee signing Christopher Nkunku hurt his knee during preseason.

We take a look at all the Chelsea players who are out, whether long-term or back in training but not yet ready to play, as captured on the club's website.

Chelsea players currently out with injuries

  1. Armando Broja
  2. Carney Chukwuemeka
  3. Christopher Nkunku
  4. Noni Madueke
  5. Moises Caicedo
  6. Romeo Lavia
  7. Marc Cucurella
  8. Benoit Badiashile
  9. Wesley Fofana
  10. Reece James
  11. Marcus Betinelli
  12. Trevoh Chalobah

The likes of Badiashile and Broja have already resumed training after a long layoff, but it might take a while to get them going once again. Caicedo came back from international duty with a knock on his knee and will have to be assessed to know the severity of the damage.

Chelsea next face a hot and cold Aston Villa on Sunday next week.

Chelsea fans heckle Ben Chilwell

Sports Brief has also reported that Ben Chilwell took in insults from frustrated Chelsea fans on the away end as the Blues played out a 0-0 draw against Bournemouth.

In a very forgettable game, Chelsea lacked the cutting edge despite having the better chances, as Nicolas Jackson and Raheem Sterling both hit the woodwork.

Cole Palmer also had a chance to win the game late on, but his shot was fired straight at Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto.

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