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Chelsea loanee at Huddersfield out for ‘some months’ with yet another hamstring injury

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Injuries are part and parcel of any professional athlete’s career, but young Kasey Palmer has been unluckier than most in that regard recently. He missed the second half of last season with a hamstring injury, and now, after less than a month of competitive action this season, has suffered a recurrence of it.

The replies to that tweet paint a pretty clear picture of how highly Palmer’s rated not just at Chelsea but by his adopted club, including manager David Wagner. Palmer had played in every game for Huddersfield prior to the injury, starting two of the four in all competitions, and picking up one assist in the League Cup.

“He is a very important player for us and everybody knows our squad isn't the biggest. But injuries unfortunately are part of the game and it's up to us to handle it, manage it and find alternatives.

“I think we have some for this position. (Tom) Ince played there, (Abdelhamid) Sabiri we signed, he plays there, even (Elias) Kachunga can play there, so we have some alternatives for this position. But every injury, especially long-term ones, hurt you as a manager and a group and we have to give Kasey all the support we can so he comes back as soon and as strong as possible.”

The injury happened while Palmer was away with the England U21s on international duty, but chances are it would’ve happened sooner or later with Huddersfield, too, given that he spent four months on the sidelines with it earlier in the year. Wagner also hinted that Kasey could’ve taken it a bit easy, too, and not pushed himself as much as he did, especially since he already felt discomfort after England’s first game of the international break.

“After [England’s 1-1 draw with Holland] he was further involved in training and then started the next game (against Latvia), which didn't really help to settle down the issue. To be fair I don't like to blame anybody for this injury. There are always so many factors which influence it. Maybe Kasey has to recognise the signs better.”

As per usual protocol, Palmer should be returning to Chelsea for rehab and recovery though players can request to stay with their loan-teams as well if they wish (after Chelsea confirm the injury and diagnosis).

“After we made further investigations we've seen this is not a small problem, it's a bigger problem. The injury he had last January, the tendons in his hamstrings, the injury is more or less as big as it was before, so we expect he'll be out for a longer period.

“Now we have to make further investigations, but he will be out for a few months [...] This could be January, hopefully less. At the minute it's too early to give a real time-frame. We need some more investigations but he will, for sure, not be back in the next six or eight weeks.”

-David Wagner; source: Mail

Get well soon, Kasey!