Potter laments Chelsea’s injury crisis as Sterling and Pulisic drop out

‘It never rains but it pours’: Chelsea boss Graham Potter laments another injury hit as Mason Mount is ruled out of the Blues’ tie with Man City… before Sterling and Pulisic’s first-half eliminations

  • Boss Graham Potter has once again expressed his frustration at Chelsea’s injury crisis
  • Mason Mount has been ruled out of Thursday night’s game against Manchester City
  • Key defender Reece James limped off on his return from injury on December 27
  • Raheem Sterling then suffered an apparent hamstring strain within five minutes
  • And US winger Christian Pulisic was sent off after 22 minutes

Mason Mount has been ruled out of Chelsea’s tie with Manchester City – before Raheem Sterling limped off within five minutes and Christian Pulisic left after 21 minutes as their injury crisis continues.

Chelsea currently have seven senior players injured, with key midfielder Mount on the touchline alongside defenders Reece James, Wesley Fofana and Ben Chilwell, as well as Edouard Mendy, N’Golo Kante and Armando Broja.

Manager Graham Potter lamented the club’s injury crisis ahead of the City clash at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night – before Sterling was substituted early on with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, followed by Pulisic.

Graham Potter lamented Chelsea's injury crisis after key midfielder Mason Mount (pictured) was ruled out of Thursday night's crucial Premier League clash with Manchester City

Graham Potter lamented Chelsea’s injury crisis after key midfielder Mason Mount (pictured) was ruled out of Thursday night’s crucial Premier League clash with Manchester City

Blues manager Potter (left) said in a frustrated pre-game interview:

Blues manager Potter (left) said in a frustrated pre-game interview: “It never rains, but it does pour

He said: “He had a kick in training yesterday (Wednesday). It never rains, but it pours, as they say. Happy New Year.

“Stability helps you improve. From the last game in Bournemouth we lost (Reece) James and Mount from the starting XI. That’s the challenge we’ve taken on since we’ve been here. It’s an opportunity for other players. We look forward to that.

“It’s just the life you have as a football manager. This affects your consistency. It would be nice to use 11 players for each game. But if you play Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday, that’s not going to happen. You have to adapt.”

That was before Raheem Sterling went off with a possible hamstring knock within five minutes

That was before Raheem Sterling went off with a possible hamstring knock within five minutes

And American winger Pulisic (left) followed Sterling when he was sent off shortly after

And American winger Pulisic (left) followed Sterling when he was sent off shortly after

Influential defender Reece James (right) hobbled away on his return from injury on December 27

Influential defender Reece James (right) hobbled away on his return from injury on December 27

Chelsea have won just one of their last eight league games – a 2-0 win over newly promoted Bournemouth on December 27 – the result their only three points in the league since October 16.

Influential right-back James limped away before the hour on his return from injury on 27 December against Bournemouth.

Mendy and Broja are usually backup options, but James, Fofana, Chilwell, Kante, Mount, and now Sterling mark six regular Potter launch options that are currently unavailable.

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Maureen Mackey

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