After Ben Chilwell was replaced in the 71st minute of Friday night’s game, Graham Potter delivered an injury update
Chelsea supporters will be relieved to learn that the substitution was scheduled in the first place and that Ben was only supposed to play for 60 to 70 minutes to increase his fitness, as advised by the medical staff.
Ben appeared to have been kicked down the side of the field shortly before being removed, but Potter does not appear to be bothered by it. Last night, Harry informed reporters that Ben had run down the side and received a kick to the ankle around five minutes before being removed. Although I haven’t examined it, I believe it to be more of a kick and possibly a small bit of tiredness.
Ben Chilwell will be hoping to get the start against Southampton, but I think it’s more probable that Marc Cucurella will return to the starting lineup, with Chilwell getting more time on the bench, especially if the ankle injury is painful or swollen.
Marc Cucurella is under increasing pressure from Chelsea supporters, and you should most importantly hope that Marc is under increasing pressure from himself following a spate of underwhelming games.
With Mykhailo Mudryk’s recent struggles, Graham Potter will need to see a better link up down the left hand side on the weekend.
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