It’s that time again! Here’s our full injury report ahead of Chelsea’s Europa League clash with Malmo tomorrow evening.
Though you’d have to expect us to win in Sweden regardless of the personnel Maurizio Sarri entrusts on putting on a show, this competition provides our fringe players with a realistic opportunity to get some minutes under their belt. Nobody will want to be missing out through injury, but two of our peripheral players might be set to do so.
According to the ever reliable Physio Room, Danny Drinkwater and Gary Cahill are both ‘slight doubts’ for tomorrow’s game. Drinkwater has a tendon injury, while Cahill is yet to fully recover from a problem with his back. There is, of course, an argument that neither player would have been involved in the game regardless of their availability.
In many ways, these two fixtures we have against Malmo could be Drinkwater and Cahill’s final opportunities to pull on the Chelsea shirt before they’re inevitably shipped out in the summer. They were both lucky to survive past the January window. It’s difficult to see either of them be satisfied with the lack of game-time they’re getting under Sarri.
Update: Ruben Loftus-Cheek hasn’t been included in the squad to face Malmo.
Maurizio Sarri reports that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has not travelled due to his back injury. He hopes to have him back for the FA Cup match. He says Marcos Alonso has been rested. #MALCHE
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 13, 2019