Chelsea have been hit with a slew of injuries in the past few weeks. Several key players are set to miss significant portions of the season – will any of them be back for the Blues’ game against Crystal Palace?
In total, Chelsea are expected to miss out on the services of nine first team players on Sunday. With another testing fixture against the Eagles coming up this weekend, will Graham Potter’s men stand up and be counted?
Additionally, a couple of new names have been added to the injury list in the past few weeks. Let’s take a look at Chelsea’s extensive injury list and when they’re set to make their return:
Raheem Sterling is the most recent addition to the treatment table. He was brought off after five minutes against Manchester City on January 5th with a suspected hamstring injury.
A report from the Evening Standard states that Sterling did indeed injure his hamstring against the Citizens. Not only this, but they also say that he will be out of action for ‘a few weeks’.
Reece James, one of Chelsea’s star academy products, reinjured his knee during the 2-0 win over Bournemouth on December 27th
James could now be looking at a return in early February. His pace down the right flank and his defensive versatility have made him a massive loss for the Blues.
Christian Pulisic is another player who has been ruled out recently. He, too, was brought off in Chelsea’s 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City.
He suffered a knee injury and could be out of action for around two months. As such, Chelsea brought in Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid to help fill the gaps.