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‘He is not okay’ – Pochettino issues Mudryk update

'He is not okay' - Pochettino issues Mudryk update
  • Mudryk had to be subbed off before half-time
  • Was caught in face in clash with Lamptey
  • Will not be available against Bournemouth

WHAT HAPPENED?

Goals from Cole Palmer and Christopher Nkunku fired Chelsea to a 2-1 victory over Brighton on the south coast on Wednesday evening. However, the win turned sour as their Ukrainian winger sustained an injury just before half-time and skipper Reece James was given the marching orders with just two minutes left in regulation time.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

Mudryk’s night was cut short following a clash with Tariq Lamptey. Despite receiving initial medical attention, he was unable to continue and Chelsea used a concussion substitute to replace him with Nkunku. The concussion substitution rule permits both teams to make an extra substitution in such circumstances after consulting with the match referee and the club’s medical staff. However, the rule necessitates that a player must undergo a seven-day cooling down period which will see Mudryk miss the final Premier League fixture against Bournemouth.

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WHAT POCHETTINO SAID

During his post-match press conference, Pochettino provided an update on Mudryk’s condition, confirming that the player was not in good shape.

Pochettino stated: “No, he is not OK, we are checking. He was a little bit dizzy but we used the concussion substitution and the rule is seven days, so he is not going to be available for the next game, but I hope it is nothing wrong.”

WHAT NEXT?

Chelsea need a single point from their final match of the season against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge to secure European football for the next season. It has been an impressive turnaround from the Blues, winning four league games on the trot, after a dismal start to the season.

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