Chelsea have not had the best opening half hour against Leicester City, with the visitors having the upper hand in terms of effort, accuracy, and quality chances, although the match has remained even in the only place where it actually counts, on the scoreboard.
One of the best ways Leicester have been able to get at Chelsea have been with early balls over the top for Jamie Vardy -- not an unexpected route for them to use in attack — and it was on one of those forays forward from the visitors that Gary Cahill appeared to pull his hamstring as he tried to clear the ball out ahead of the unrushing Vardy. Cahill’s clearance was eventually completed by a covering Rüdiger, which gave Cahill the opportunity to take a seat and receive some treatment. After a brief consultation, he was withdrawn in favor of Andreas Christensen, who was apparently being rested for this game.
That's sadly the end of Cahill's afternoon as he limps out of the action to be replaced by the young Dane. #CHELEI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018
Chelsea’s defensive back line is now ostensibly “more” first-choice than before, so perhaps they’ll get it together against an impressive Leicester side.