Chelsea defender Benoit Badiashile is set to miss the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool after suffering a groin injury, football.london understands. The French centre-back was forced off during their 3-1 FA Cup win over Aston Villa in midweek and scans have now revealed he faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
It's understood the 22-year-old could miss up to a month of action which will see him absent for Monday's encounter with Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Liverpool (Carabao Cup final), Leeds United (FA Cup fifth round) and Brentford. It comes as a blow to Mauricio Pochettino's selection hopes after handing Badiashile a starting berth since November, after returning from a muscle injury.
Thirty-nine-year-old Thiago Silva was dropped for the successful trip to Villa Park as the Argentinian tactician opted for a defensive partnership of Axel Disasi and Badiashile. Pochettino had hoped the issue wasn't going to be too serious, he said: «Badiashile we need to assess and wait for the scan.
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»Levi Colwill, we need to wait for Sunday to see if he’s available. Chalobah is doing well, he’s training with the team. Groin. I hope it’s not a big issue. We need to assess now and after we will know better."
While there are concerns over the fitness of the Frenchman, Levi Colwill is set to be in contention to face Palace as he eyes a return from a hamstring injury. The Cobham academy graduate missed the last four matches through injury and could partner Disasi.
A return is also in sight for Trevoh Chalobah as he is closing in on a return to training following a thighRead on football.london