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Chelsea Face Fitness Worries Ahead of Rubin Kazan Match With Bertrand Doubtful and Cahill Ruled Out

ryan bertrand Chelsea Face Fitness Worries Ahead of Rubin Kazan Match With Bertrand Doubtful and Cahill Ruled Out

Chelsea face a potential defensive crisis this week with no first-team left back available after Ryan Bertrand has been struck down with a virus. Ashley Cole is still injured, so it may mean that Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez will give 18-year-old Nathan Ake a start against Rubin Kazan on Thursday in the Europa League quarter-final.

Another option for Benitez is to play Paulo Ferreira instead of Ake. Or Benitez may wait and hope that Bertrand recovers in time to play for Chelsea’s match on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Benitez revealed that defender Gary Cahill underwent knee surgery last week, and that both Cole and Cahill are close to recovering from their respective injuries.

Last but not least, striker Demba Ba won’t be taking the trip to Moscow for two reasons. He’s cup-tied, but the footballer is also recovering from an injury he picked up against Sunderland.


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3 Responses to Chelsea Face Fitness Worries Ahead of Rubin Kazan Match With Bertrand Doubtful and Cahill Ruled Out

  1. Gary says:

    All these injuries at Chelsea is to be expected given their fixture pileup and still being in two cup competitions and fighting for a top 4 spot.

    They should manage to get by Rubin Kazan and reach the semi-finals of the Europa League. That means more fixture pileup. Chelsea have some tough EPL games left and playing twice every week and with unjuries to contend with they could be in trouble on all 3 fronts by the time it all ends.

  2. Dave says:

    With all the games Chelsea have to play till the end of the season if they are successful on any of the 3 fronts they are involved in that would be a success.

    Their biggest game is going to be the FA Cup semifinal against Man City. It’s going to be tough to beat City with Chelsea’s injuries and playing so many games. City are favorites even if they are going to be without Silva. The winner of this game should win the FA Cup. So this will be more like a final.

  3. Krawmn says:

    If Kazan hands them a defeat, it might serve Chelsea well. then Torres turns into a beast for the remaining EPL matches and Chelsea make the top four.

    but really, this could all get very ugly before season’s end.

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