Just in case we haven’t had enough bad news of late, here are a couple more, with both Robert Sánchez and Marc Cucurella picking up injuries in last night’s match and having to be withdrawn in the latter stages of the contest.
Mauricio Pochettino was hopeful that neither injury turns out to be anything serious, but given our luck, I wouldn’t bet on it.
“Robert Sánchez suffered a problem at Manchester United, it was an issue with his knee. He felt something during the second half, that is why he asked for the change. We must hope it is not a big issue.
“That is the same for Marc Cucurella, who twisted his ankle. We hope that these issues are not big. These are the circumstances we have been dealing with since the start and it is too much for a young team that needs to have all the elements together if we want to build something solid.”
-Mauricio Pochettino; source: Chelsea FC
Sánchez appeared to reaggravate his problem early in the second half, when landing hard directly on his knee after punching a ball clear on a corner. He received treatment briefly and carried on, but would not be able to finish out the game. His replacement was Djordje Petrović, on for his long overdue Chelsea debut, though his only noteworthy contribution was to set up Everton’s second with a somewhat weak punch away on a corner (though no one was covering the top of the box either for whatever reason).
If Sánchez, who has started every single match this season, were to miss any time, presumably Petrović would take over.
It’s unclear when Marc Cucurella twister his ankle, but he also made way in the 84th minute. If Cucurella were to miss any time — a relatively rare occasion, to his credit, unlike many others on the team — we would complete a rather undesirable quadfecta: all four of our primary full backs injured (James, Gusto, Chilwell, and Cucurella).
Ian Maatsen would probably stand to gain some minutes in that case, unless of course we just keep deploying center backs out wide, which we’ve done a few too many times this season.
Thankfully, we do almost the full week to recover and prepare for Saturday’s match against Sheffield United.