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Hayes faces a selection headache amid injuries of key center-backs

Chelsea’s boss Emma Hayes announced that Millie Bright and Kadeisha Buchanan will not be available for their FA Cup semi-final match against Aston Villa on Saturday

Chelsea, who are the current holders of the Women’s FA Cup, may face challenges in reaching the final this season. Chelsea boss Emma Hayes has confirmed that they will be missing two important players, Millie Bright and Kadeisha Buchanan for their semi-final match against Aston Villa on Saturday.

“We won’t have Kadeisha available. I don’t have a timeline, but no Kadeisha and no Millie this weekend,” the Blues boss told reporters.

Hayes added, trusting in her squad to get over the line: “Nothing changes. We build a squad to prepare for these moments, Players want this responsibility. They want to continue to impress. The reality is we’re a team of international players, so we have the responsibility to cope.”

Hayes claims her squad can handle a few injuries

Hayes provided reassurance about Sam Kerr’s condition after she sustained an injury during Australia’s win against England. She said that the striker is “fine” and trained normally ahead of the next game.

Buchanan has had a difficult time after joining Chelsea last summer. But recently she has formed a solid partnership with Bright at the back.

Her injury adds to an already long list of players who are out, including Fran Kirby, Pernille Harder, and Katerina Svitkova. Bright was also recently seen on crutches, which is concerning for her chances of returning to the team in the near future.

Hayes is faced with the challenge of fixing her team’s defence as two crucial players are unavailable for the upcoming match, while Villa’s strong performance makes them even more motivated to take advantage of Chelsea’s weakness.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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