Hey, I know what Chelsea need! More injuries!
Joining Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and N’Golo Kanté on the list is center back Andreas Christensen, who was substituted at a half-time on Monday’s 2-0 defeat.
As it turns out, it probably would’ve been better to not wait until the break to do do so, or at least not force him back into action, since he was almost immediately beaten by the man who elbowed him in the first place, Anthony Martial, upon stepping back on. Christensen was still clearly quite uncomfortable, seeing as how his nose was gushing blood just a few seconds prior, and that put him at an even greater disadvantage in an aerial duel than normal.
They just don’t make them like they used to anymore, right, JT?
“It’s good movement, it’s a great ball into the box and a great header. But can [Christensen be] more aggressive? Yeah, ideally I’d like to see that from him. Does [the nose] affect him? Clearly because he goes off and he’s kind of holding it seconds before Wan-Bissaka gets his cross into the box.
“But I was just saying to the lads, they’re ones where you want to get up and not even go off the pitch, just stay on the pitch with a little bit of blood running down your face and get on with it.”
-John Terry; source: DAZN via Birmingham Live
In Christensen’s defense against not being all Terry Butcher out there, it turns out he actually broke his nose, as Lampard confirmed to Chelsea TV last night. Thus the half time substitution, and thus the part where he maybe wasn’t as aggressive as he normally would be in going for a header. Christensen was recently criticized for that by Lampard as well, but the young defender had shown some improvement since (at the cost of a few silly fouls as well, unfortunately).
Lampard has told Fifth Stand App that he thinks #CFC defender Christensen suffered a broken nose tonight (in incident before the first goal). Says #Kante, #Pulisic and #HudsonOdoi won't be fit to face #THFC. #Abraham is just rated as a 'maybe'.— Simon Johnson (@SJohnsonSport) February 17, 2020
In any case, Christensen’s out for at least a few days, though broken noses can often be played through with protective masks, as we might remember from our penchant for such injuries a few years ago.
More concerning is that of the injured quintet, only Abraham is a possibility to play this weekend against Spurs...