Chelsea’s bad luck with injuries has not helped our intentions this season. An array of players, including Emerson Palmieri, Antonio Rüdiger and Reece James in defence, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in midfield — definitely remain out of contention for now.
But there are some positives on the horizon. Young Mason Mount, who suffered from a very nasty tackle from Valencia’s Francis Coquelin on Tuesday, could actually be available for the upcoming match, although it sounds like maybe we shouldn’t be doing things “old school” in this case and just let him properly heal first.
“He’s got a chance. We all saw the image of the tackle afterwards which made it look really bad. Hopefully it’s not so bad. We are trying to get him moving today. It’s one I’m going to have to call later on just before the game with another 24 hours in the bank.
“We’re trying, and the good thing with Mason is his attitude, which I keep going on about. He will give everything to get out there and play for this club, particular a game of this size. We will have every opportunity and try to get him there.
“There’s a lot of swelling and it didn’t look the best. Some injuries with the ankle, from my experience as well, if there’s proper damage there’s not much you can do, but sometimes if they’re swollen, and you strap it up old-school and get out there, it can be done. We won’t take any risks with him individually, obviously, because there’s a bigger picture, but we will all do our best.”
-Frank Lampard; source: Chelsea FC
Another bit of good news is that N’Golo Kanté is getting closer to recovery once again. He’s been struggling to get over the knee injury from last season, and then an ankle injury he suffered last month, but it sounds like we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with him.
“[Having Kanté back] is a boost, we know the importance of him. The question is how fit he is. He has played a couple of games, but he missed pre-season. Istanbul was miraculous. Now we have to manage him.
“I am delighted to work with him and if he can bring a positive for us then I will take it into consideration.”
-Frank Lampard; source: Football.London
Kanté’s miraculous recovery in Istanbul was a key factor in Chelsea being able to go toe-to-toe with the Champions of Europe. Given Liverpool’s excellent start to the Premier League season, we certainly could use another such miracle.
Come on, Chelsea!