Graham Potter questions Chelsea’s injury record after several players were ruled out of upcoming matches.
Chelsea manager Graham Potter has suggested the club could improve its injury record after several players were ruled out of upcoming matches.
N’Golo Kante and Reece James went down with injuries this week for the Blues, who had already lost defender Wesley Fofana to a sprained knee in their 3-0 victory over AC Milan.
While James has not yet been officially declared out due to his knee injury, it is now thought that all three could miss the World Cup. James has instead been sent for more examinations.
Chelsea sustained 97 injuries during the 2017–18 season, more than any other Premier League team.
Potter, who has won four of his first five matches as Chelsea manager, has called on the club to do whatever they can to prevent injuries from continuing to hamper their progress.
“I don’t think you should blame everything on luck, that’s for sure,” Potter said when asked about his side’s injury problems.
“I think we can have a look and see what we can do better. Obviously, I’ve been here a few weeks so I haven’t got the answers completely.
But clearly, we want to always try to improve and that’s an area that we can probably improve.”
England right-back James has seen his stock rise dramatically this season as he continues to impress at both club and international levels.
However, his latest Chelsea’s injury could see the 22-year-old miss the World Cup, and Potter says Chelsea must now work on a plan to succeed without their key players.
“It would be wrong to say we won’t miss a player like Reece or NG [Kante] – Wesley Fofana as well,” said Potter. “But that’s the job of the squad, my challenge is to find different solutions.
“We haven’t got another Reece James or another N’Golo Kante. You’ve got to find a different way of working in the team. Tactically, that’s a challenge but one we are up for.”
Chelsea take on Aston Villa this weekend, looking to continue their impressive form under Potter and launch themselves into title contention.