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Chelsea handed Champions League boost as Borussia Dortmund star ruled out of return leg

The Blues trail 1-0 heading into the second leg at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea and Graham Potter have been dealt a major boost as it has emerged that first-leg goalscorer Karim Adeyemi will miss the trip to Stamford Bridge after suffering a muscle injury over the weekend.

Adeyemi gave Dortmund a 1-0 win at Signal Iduna Park somewhat against the run of play, running the length of the pitch from a Chelsea corner to grab the only goal of the game despite the Blues’ dominance.

It leaves Chelsea teetering on the edge of falling out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage, with Potter’s side now needing to score twice to head through, something that they have only managed once in the 11 games since the World Cup ended.

And, having lost 1-0 at home to Southampton and seemingly in freefall, they are up against the most in-form side in Germany when the two sides clash at the beginning of March.

However, Dortmund will have to make do without Adeyemi, who ‘tore a muscle fibre’ during his side’s 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday after opening the scoring for his side.

Having to be substituted midway through the first half, Dortmund have since revealed that he will be sidelined for three weeks, ruling him out of the trip to west London.

Having dominated the first leg, the English side will be desperate to make their play count and not fall at the first hurdle in Europe’s premier competition, something that would only heap yet more pressure on Graham Potter.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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