Marc Cucurella is set to be sidelined for between two and three weeks with a muscle injury, according to reports, after the Spaniard was not spotted in the first team squad for the clash with Brentford.
Frank Lampard named his 18 for the clash with Thomas Frank’s side, but eyebrows were raised not to see the summer arrival among either the starting XI nor the substitutes, despite no injury having been mentioned by the Blues boss ahead of the tie.
However, as per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, he has good reason to be absent, with the Spanish left-back having picked up a muscle injury that is set to rule him our for between two and three weeks in the latest setback for the west London side.
Cucurella joins an ever-growing injury list at Stamford Bridge.
Reece James and Mason Mount have both been ruled out for the rest of the season with injury, Lampard explained ahead of the trip to the Community Stadium.
“Reece is unavailable, probably for the season. Mason’s the same. Reece has a hamstring. Mason’s carrying a pelvic injury... He’s been trying, but will have minor surgery [&] a four-week recovery”, he told the media.
Meanwhile, Kalidou Koulibaly and Kai Havertz are also unavailable, and Armando Broja is still sidelined after picking up a knee injury in the World Cup break.
The Blues sit 11th in the Premier League ahead of their trip to Brentford, and have been knocked out of every other competition, meaning that neither silverware this season, or European football next campaign, will be headed to Stamford Bridge.
However, there are shoots of progress, with Mauricio Pochettino expected to take the hotseat early next week as their new manager.