Injury update ahead of Crystal Palace clash
Chelsea has provided an injury update ahead of their Premier League clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday, February 12. The Blues have had major injury issues throughout the 2023-24 campaign, with several long-term injured players like Christopher Nkunku and Ben Chilwell returning, but some key players still out of contention.
The club’s official website released an injury update ahead of the Palace clash, confirming that Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Romeo Lavia, Lesley Ugochukwu, and Marc Cucurella are still unavailable for selection. However, there is some positive news on the injury front, as goalkeeper Robert Sanchez has made progress in his recovery, having resumed partial training with the first team and could be back in action soon.
Sanchez, who arrived at Chelsea from Brighton & Hove Albion last summer, has kept five clean sheets in 19 games across competitions this season. Meanwhile, Benoit Badiashile, who was subbed off in their FA Cup fourth-round win over Aston Villa in midweek, is undergoing medical assessment after suffering an injury.
Badiashile, who had also suffered a hamstring injury at the start of the season, has made 12 appearances across competitions since, and the extent of his latest injury will be assessed by the medical team. It is a setback for the defender, who has been an important part of Chelsea’s squad since his arrival from AS Monaco in January 2023 for a reported fee of £33 million. He has made 23 appearances for the club and registered two goals and one assist.
Cesc Fabregas lauds Badiashile’s performance
Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas heaped praise on defender Benoit Badiashile following Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Aston Villa at Villa Park on February 8. The match saw Chelsea secure a 3-1 victory, with standout performances from several players, including Badiashile, who won 3/5 duels, completed 41/47 passes, and made eight clearances.
After the game, Fabregas lauded the west London side’s squad, especially Badiashile, speaking highly of the talent within the team. He praised the quality and talent within the squad, highlighting the potential and skills of players such as Caicedo, Fernandez, Sterling, Palmer, and Badiashile. Fabregas described Badiashile as “one of the best ball-playing centre-backs in all the young players in Europe.”
During the ongoing 2023-24 season, Chelsea has been sitting at the 11th position in the Premier League table but has reached the EFL Cup final and progressed to the FA Cup fifth round. Despite their league position, the Blues have shown promise in cup competitions and will be aiming to continue their impressive form in these tournaments.
Overall, Chelsea’s injury update provides some positive news, with the potential return of goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and the ongoing assessment of Benoit Badiashile’s injury. The praise from former midfielder Cesc Fabregas also serves as a morale boost for the team, reaffirming the quality and potential within the squad. Fans will be eagerly anticipating the return of injured players and hoping for continued success in the ongoing Premier League and cup competitions.