October 5, 2023

Chelsea has finally won a football game. The Blues defeated Bournemouth 3-1 at the Vitality Stadium, ending Frank Lampard’s losing record as interim manager, which had lasted six games across all competitions.

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That triumph came despite the absence of several key players, including Wesley Fofana, who was replaced in the starting XI by Benoit Badiashile. The teenage defender scored each side of goals from Conor Gallagher and Joao Felix, leaving Matias Vina’s strike as a mere consolation for the Cherries.
With the Blues finally finding their form, Lampard will be eager to convert that victory into additional momentum and points on the board to put a good gloss on the season’s finish. He’ll do it with a lot of players out and additional injury concerns.
So, with that in mind, football. London has compiled a list of the most recent headlines from the treatment room following Chelsea’s win over the Cherries.
Chilwell, Ben
Ben Chilwell was substituted in the 74th minute against Bournemouth due to a hamstring injury. Earlier this season, the England international was out for 10 games due to a similar injury.
Chilwell is now doubtful to play again this season, according to Lampard’s latest report.
Lampard stated, “[It’s his] Hamstring.” We don’t know [whether it’s severe], but at this time in the season, a hamstring is a concern for the remaining games.”
Date of expected return: Unknown
Wesley Fofana’s
Wesley Fofana was left out of the matchday squad that defeated Bournemouth due to a hamstring injury. Lampard explained that the Frenchman was not included as a precaution.
“Fofana had a bit of a hamstring issue yesterday traveling down, so it’s more of a precaution on that one,” Lampard added. Aside from that, we have a squad, therefore new players must demonstrate their abilities.”
Date of expected return: Nottingham Forest (H) – May 13
Cucurella, Marc
The Spanish defender was ruled out of the game against Brentford late in the second half after not being listed as an absentee before the game.
“Cucurella is injured,” Lampard stated. He hurt himself in practice two days ago. He’ll be out for a few weeks because of a quad injury.”
“Cucurella, probably another two weeks or so,” he said before of Arsenal. When he originally did it a week or so ago, it was a two or three-week injury.”
Quadriceps tear
The expected return date is unknown.
Koulibaly, Kalidou
Kalidou Koulibaly began in a back three for Chelsea in the first leg against Real Madrid, but the defender pulled up clutching his hamstring after a lung-busting sprint to track back and deny Rodrygo a chance.
“A hamstring injury, it will be a matter of weeks rather than days,” Lampard remarked at the time. “He’s an extremely talented and experienced player.” It’s a setback for both him and us, but opportunity and we continue without him. Hopefully, he can get in shape as soon as possible.”
He later added, “Yeah, still out for a while.” He’s working hard, so I think it’ll be a close call for the season. I’ve been impressed with him as a professional; he’s doing a great job. Unfortunately, the damage is rather severe.”
Hamstring strain
The expected return date is unknown.
James, Reece
James was observed feeling his hamstring during the first half of Chelsea’s match against Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge. The defender seemed to be suffering for a few moments, but he soldiered on and completed 90 minutes, despite Lampard’s latest report being less than encouraging.
“Reece James is unavailable, most likely for the season,” Lampard stated. Reece injured his hamstring in the Madrid game; he played through it, but we examined it the next day.”
Hamstring strain
Summer is the anticipated return date.
Mason Mount Mount has been plagued by many ailments this season, including a chronic pelvic condition. Another setback means that the club’s two-time player of the season will miss another appearance as speculation about his future mounts.
Mount shared an update on Instagram, writing, “Had a minor procedure yesterday to sort out a discomfort I’d been experiencing for a while.” “Everything went smoothly, and I’m feeling good.”It’s time to recuperate, but I can’t wait to go back to training in a few weeks! Thank you for all of your expressions of encouragement, and a special thanks to the medical staff, physicians, and nurses for caring after me.”
“Mason has been carrying this pelvic injury for quite some time, it predates me,” Lampard remarked. We’ve tried, and the medical team has tried, but we’ve reached the point where he’ll need minor surgery. We’re looking at a four-week recuperation period, and we know where that leads us.”
Injury to the Pelvis
Summer is the anticipated return date.
Mr. Armando Broja
Chelsea have been without Broja since he suffered a knee injury in a pre-season match against Aston Villa. Following a collision with Ezri Konsa, the 20-year-old shouted in anguish and was stretchered from the field of play.
He appeared to be in a lot of agony and was gripping his leg while he was being attended to by medical personnel. Albania’s international had no history of knee ailments, thus his injury was devastating.
Broja was expected to miss the rest of the season after learning he needed surgery to repair a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee, according to Football. London at the time. However, he was recently photographed returning to solo training at Cobham, albeit primarily in the gym.

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N/A, according to Lampard.
Injury to the knee
Summer 2023 is the anticipated return date.

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