Wesley Fofana was expected to play a crucial role for Chelsea under Mauricio Pochettino this season had he not suffered another injury.
Wesley Fofana has issued a huge injury update ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Manchester City this weekend. The 22-year-old defender ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the summer and he looks set to miss a large chunk of the Premier League campaign.
Fofana’s latest setback marks another heartbreaking blow in such a short period of time. The France international has been very unfortunate with injuries in recent years; in 2021, he broke his leg in a pre-season friendly against Villarreal and was ruled out for over seven months.
Then, in March 2022, he eventually returned and played the remainder of the season before swapping the King Power Stadium for Stamford Bridge a few months later. In October, Fofana was ruled out for two months before triggering another knee issue which extended his absence into the New Year.
Upon his return in February, the Frenchman went on to make 13 appearances for Chelsea in the English top-flight. Under new management, Fofana was expected to play a crucial role for the Blues this term but yet another injury forced him out of action.
While it remains to be seen exactly when the defender be available for selection again, he’s posted a promising update to his Instagram story. Without a caption, Fofana is seen lying down on a gym mat at Cobham training ground conducting a test on his right thigh.
The Frenchman is also seen with both hands on his head. Without seeing his face, it’s difficult to tell whether he’s working hard, upset or simply in a comfortable position while he completes an exercise.
When asked about Fofana’s setback in the summer, Pochettino insisted that he and the club will do everything they can to help and support him during his recovery. The Chelsea boss said: “Really sad, really bad news – we feel so sad.
“We can only help him and to be again with the team we know it is tough. We need to help him and wish him all the best. We need to keep going, the competition is there. The competition doesn’t wait for anyone and we need to be ready.”
Then, on if Fofana could feature for the Blues this season, Pochettino added: “I hope yes. You have all of the information that this is difficult. He is evolving in a different way but hopefully his recovery goes very well.”