This is looking forward one extra step ahead, beyond Saturday’s big showdown in the Premier League against Arsenal, but following that match, on Thursday, Chelsea will take on Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of the League Cup semifinal.
Trailing by a single controVARsial goal, Chelsea will need to be beat Spurs for the first time in four tries — read it, let it sink in, and weep — in order to advance to the final to face Manchester City.
Chelsea could use any and all advantage at this point ... including a bit of a selection and injury crisis, which Spurs now find themselves in after Harry Kane’s ankle injury was confirmed as fairly serious. He is expected to be out for about two months, and certainly will not be playing next week.
Following preliminary assessments, we can confirm that @HKane has damaged ligaments in his left ankle, sustained during Sunday's match.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 15, 2019
He will continue to be monitored by our medical staff as he commences rehabilitation and is expected to return to training in early March. pic.twitter.com/Ot3doPa4K6
Losing Kane is a big blow for Spurs, who will also be without their second-leading goalscorer, Son Heung-Min (he’s away at the Asian Cup for the next few weeks) while third-leading goalscorer Lucas Moura continues to deal with a knee problem. Moussa Sissoko is out with a groin injury, while Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele are recovering from their own issues as well.
Having recently emerged from a bit of an injury crisis, Chelsea can certainly commiserate with our upcoming opponents ... but hopefully only after beating them a week from Thursday.
Harry Kane and the ankle ligament injuries:— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) January 14, 2019
2016: 49 days
2017: 24 days
2018: 20 days
2019: ???#thfc #coys pic.twitter.com/EFVcOqDbMI