Chelsea’s Ross Barkley is injured
Chelsea’s January signing Ross Barkley is injured.
As reported by the Telegraph on Saturday night, Barkley suffered a hamstring injury during Chelsea training last week.
It’s unclear which day Barkley sustained his problem.
It’s also unclear whether Barkley’s latest injury is connected to the midfielder’s hamstring problem which kept him on the sidelines for half a season.
According to the Telegraph “there is currently no suggestion that Barkley’s injury is connected to the severe hamstring injury”. Will that give Chelsea fans much comfort?
Ross Barkley out vs Watford
It’ll be no surprise for Chelsea fans to realise that Ross Barkley will now miss the match at Watford on Monday night.
Barkley’s comeback timetable isn’t revealed by the Telegraph. However fans will hope the midfielder returns within two to three weeks.
Chelsea’s hamstring problems
For the Telegraph, a wider issue is whether something strange is happening behind the scenes at Chelsea.
Barkley is now the eighth player to suffer a hamstring injury in the Blues squad this season. Readers are told:
Andreas Christensen became the seventh Chelsea player to suffer a hamstring injury during the shock midweek defeat to Bournemouth, following on from Alvaro Morata, Victor Moses, N’Golo Kante, Gary Cahill, Cesc Fabregas and Willian.
Critics of the Italian claim he has not adapted his tough training sessions enough to allow for the amount of games his players are involved in.
Watford vs Chelsea
Can Watford find their first league win under Javi Gracia against Chelsea?
The Hornets are in a rough patch of form, with two draws and two defeats in their last four games.
And now only are results bad, the performances are worse. The 0-0 draw at Stoke last time out was one of the worst Premier League matches of the season.
But Chelsea have problems of their own following a 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth.
Chelsea have lost two of their last three matches.