Chelsea have confirmed that Robert Sánchez suffered a knee injury significant enough to keep him out at least this weekend, but according to reports, our number-one goalkeeper won’t be featuring again until after the new year at the earliest.
According to the Daily Mail, Sánchez is set to miss “around four weeks”, which would mean a return only in mid-to-late January. Again, this is unconfirmed officially, but even the smallest knee injuries tend to result in multi-week absences, so it tracks.
Sánchez had started every single match across every single competition this season, but now it will be up to fellow summer-signing Đorđe Petrović to show what he can do. The former MLS All-Star finished out the last few minutes of last weekend’s match but this will be his first start for the club since joining almost five months ago.
Petrović joined with the expectation of giving Sánchez some competition at the position. That hasn’t really happened, but hopefully the drop-off won’t be too great, if any.