Amongst other things that have not gone right for Chelsea in the early season have been the amount of injuries the squad's already sustained. While last season wasn't exactly spotless in terms of injuries either — Costa's continuing hamstring issues, Mikel and Ramires missing time repeatedly, for example — our record was still one of the best in the Premier League. We've not been as lucky this season so far.
Gary Cahill broke his nose and Costa re-aggravated his hamstring almost immediately, while Oscar, Ramires, and Victor Moses have all been battling unspecified knocks and niggles. Moses, now on loan at West Ham is working his way back towards full fitness, as are Oscar and Ramires, both of whom returned to training yesterday, per Chelsea TV's report. Both Brazilians, both sporting therapeutic wraps on their right legs, had to drop out of the Brazil squad for this international break due to those injuries. Ideally, they'll be available for selection next weekend. Oscar, especially, has been sorely missed, ever since that quality first-half showing against Swansea City.
In slightly less encouraging news, Bertrand Traoré was left at home by Burkina Faso when they traveled yesterday to take on Botswana. The young wing-forward has apparently picked up a hip injury of unspecified severity. Having just been confirmed as part of our Champions League squad, but still looking for his official Premier League debut, hopefully this isn't too serious for the 19-year-old.