Mauricio Pochettino's Chelsea injury list appears as though it continues to grow every week with Moises Caicedo the latest to join the many stars in the treatment room. The 21-year-old was absent from the Premier League clash with Bournemouth this past weekend after picking up a knock on international duty with Ecuador.
As a result, fellow new signingLesley Ugochukwu was handed his first start since joining from Rennes with the 19-year-old impressing in midfield alongside Conor Gallagher and Enzo Fernandez. Following the clash, Pochettino provided an update on the three stars who were left out of the matchday squad which resulted in an extremely youthful bench being deployed.
He said: «Cucurella, fever, yesterday he was at home and today continues still. Noni came from the national team with a muscle problem. Caicedo came with a knock in his knee. We will assess tomorrow.» Also sidelined at the moment is Reece James, Carney Chukwuemeka, Christopher Nkunku, along with several other senior stars, although the latter was able to provide an injury update earlier this week.
On Instagram, he wrote: «In progress..[timer emoji]» alongside a set of images. In response to his message, Chukwuemeka appeared very excited by the prospect of the 25-year-old returning and playing alongside him as he commented, «Loadinggg [flame emoji and eyes emoji]».
While Nkunku and Chukwuemeka are some way off making their return, Pochettino has been handed a welcome injury boost with Cucurella and Madueke back in training. There are some concerns over Caicedo, who was not among those in training on Tuesday, however it is expected that he will be fit in time to face Aston Villa in the Premier League this Sunday.
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