Chelsea will miss centre-back Benoit Badiashile for about a month due to a groin injury he sustained against Aston Villa.
Chelsea defender Benoit Badiashile, who partnered Axel Disasi in defense in one of Chelsea’s standout performances of the season, exited the pitch with just three minutes remaining after suffering the injury.
The Evening Standard reports that Badiashile’s groin injury is severe enough to sideline him for approximately a month, causing him to miss the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool later this month.
Last week, Mauricio Pochettino confirmed that the Blues will be without injured midfielder Romeo Lavia for the Wembley clash on February 25 and will now also have to cope without the injured Badiashile.
Badiashile’s injury adds to Pochettino’s woes
Losing Badiashile is a significant setback for Pochettino, as the French defender seemed to have regained his top form after a challenging few weeks. The manager emphasized the importance of consistency in his selections but is now deprived of the opportunity to field the same defensive lineup for Monday’s match against Crystal Palace.
The veteran Thiago Silva is set to make a comeback to the team at Selhurst Park. Pochettino had clarified that the 39-year-old’s absence from the squad that defeated Villa was solely due to fitness concerns, but there have been growing worries that Silva’s declining physical condition could be impacting Chelsea.
Levi Colwill is expected to be included on the bench after recovering from a hamstring injury that kept him out for several weeks, while Trevoh Chalobah is nearing his first appearance of the season after dealing with a thigh injury since pre-season.
Chelsea will continue to be without Robert Sanchez, Marc Cucurella, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, and Lesley Ugochukwu ahead of their encounter with Palace on Monday.
A draw against Roy Hodgson’s side, who are also enduring a rough patch, would push Chelsea back into the top half of the Premier League table based on goal difference. A victory, on the other hand, would see the Blues move two points ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers.