Relief for Conte: Good news for Chelsea despite disappointing display against Arsenal

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern have spent the last few hours drowning their sorrows after their side crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. Though the Blues took the lead, Arsenal came back and a poor defensive display from Antonio Conte’s side led Arsene Wenger’s men to a 2-1 win.

The scoreline wasn’t the only negative for Chelsea, though, with midfielder Willian also suffering an injury during the game. He was forced off and replaced by Ross Barkley, with many in the Transfer Tavern fearing a long-term layoff for the Brazilian.

Fortunately, though, Antonio Conte has since revealed – via Ben Dinnery on Twitter – that he is hopeful that the injury isn’t too bad. Willian reportedly described the injury as not ‘serious’, perhaps suggesting that he could be back sooner, rather than later.

For what it’s worth, fitness expert Dinnery did note that a role this weekend against Newcastle was unlikely in his opinion.

His absence really cost the Blues, with Antonio Conte’s men lacking attacking efficiency without the Brazilian. Ross Barkley failed to deliver on his first Chelsea appearance, leaving much to be desired with his offensive display.

Antonio Conte will be hoping that Willian is back as soon as possible, as the Brazilian is clearly crucial for the Italian boss.

Landlord’s Verdict

Willian’s absence would be a huge blow for Chelsea, so the prospect of a return in the near future will come as a significant boost for Antonio Conte.

He’ll likely have been sweating during the game for fear of losing him for an extended period of time. With big games on the horizon, he’ll be glad that Willian won’t be out for too long.

Chelsea fans – thoughts?

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