The injury bug has hit Chelsea hard once again. Just when it looked like we might be turning a corner, our numbers in the treatment room have swelled — and our results on the pitch have suffered alongside them. That’s not to say that injuries are the only reason we’ve been struggling mightily, but they certainly aren’t helping.
Reece James has gone down with another hamstring injury, and both Robert Sánchez and Marc Cucurella might miss time with knee and ankle problems, respectfully. Neither could finish out last Sunday’s match, and that’s not a good sign (though we’ve yet to hear one way or another about their status — not even Chelsea’s vague lines of rehabilitation programmes and such).
Others expected to keep missing in action include Wesley Fofana, Ben Chilwell, Lesley Ugochukwu, Carney Chukwuemeka, Trevoh Chalobah, and probably Noni Madueke and Roméo Lavia as well.
Holding out some hope that Christopher Nkunku and Malo Gusto, both pictured in training this week, can at least make the bench. Mauricio Pochettino should have an update in that regard soon in his press conference.
Thankfully, Sheffield United are the worst team in the league. No team have scored less, conceded more, gotten fewer wins, or fewer points than The Blades. Their record away from home this season is six defeats, one draw. So surely, regardless of form, function, fealty, fear, or fair chance, we can win this one.
We should win this one.
We must win this one?