There haven’t been too many incidents of note so far in Chelsea’s Premier League match against AFC Bournemouth, but halfway through the first-half, Antonio Conte has been forced into a change as Andreas Christensen appeared to pick up a hamstring injury.
The young defender had been forced into a couple strong sprints and had been fouled a couple times already, but he was forced to put the ball out unopposed, sink to the ground, and call for a substitution while holding the back of his right thigh.
Andreas Christensen is currently down receiving medical treatment for the Blues. Toni Rudiger is ready to come on. #CHEBOU— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2018
Here comes the change, Rudiger comes on for Christensen, who pulled up after making a simple pass. #CHEBOU— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2018
Antonio Rudiger, who had started on the bench came on for the hobbling Christensen. Gary Cahill slid to the middle to take up the central role in the back three, with Rudiger slotting in on the left.
Christensen’s injury could be concerning, depending on the severity of the hamstring strain, which can sometimes drag on for quite some time. With David Luiz also injured (ankle, this time), Chelsea are without both players who can really tie the back-line together in that central role.
Get well soon, Andreas!