The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to the return of the Premier League on Wednesday. Chelsea are set to take on Bournemouth in a game that the Blues will be expected to win – and win comfortably.
Chelsea have been on a fairly good run of form over the last few weeks, but Antonio Conte cannot take the clash lightly.
Unfortunately for the Italian, he has also been handed a further dilemma in the form of a number of major injury concerns.
According to Conte, via the official Chelsea Twitter, the trio of Alvaro Morata, David Luiz and Willian have all been ruled out of contention ahead of the game – giving the boss quite the selection dilemma.
Antonio Conte reports Alvaro Morata, David Luiz and Willian are out of tomorrow's game. The other players are available.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 30, 2018
It’s the last thing that Conte needed, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the future of Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian could yet leave the club – but that might not be possible if he is required to line up for the Blues against the Cherries.
Chelsea aren’t exactly blessed with depth as it is, and the fact that three players – all of whom would likely be involved – will be missing is a pretty significant problem for the Blues.
This is a big blow for Chelsea.
Alvaro Morata’s absence has been duly noted by our resident Blues, given Chelsea’s lack of firepower in recent weeks.
Likewise, Willian – who had a staring role against Brighton – will be a big miss.
David Luiz’s absence can be dealt with, given the rise of Andreas Christensen, but it’s far from ideal given Chelsea’s lack of defensive options.
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