English champions Chelsea have been handed a fresh blow, with injury to one of their key players, Victor Moses, at a crucial juncture in their season.
After losing star midfielder N’Golo Kante, who suffered a hamstring injury during France’s World Cup Qualifiers, a similar problem for Moses serves as a loss for manager Antonio Conte.
Moses suffered the injury against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and had to be replaced. The Premier League champions would surely not have wanted this just ahead of a crucial home tie against AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
The wide-man is expected to be out for at least a month, and Conte will now have to be cautious with his team selection, especially with Moses offering a lot of shield as a right wing-back. The former Wigan Athletic player has been a pivotal asset for the Blues under Conte, and played a significant role for their domestic title win last term.
Chelsea’s injury concerns in a period of hectic schedule have piled up on Conte, as the London giants are struggling with inconsistency. They have already lost back-to-back matches in the Premier League, and with five matches in a period of two weeks, their depth will now be monitored.
New signing Davide Zappacosta could be replacing Moses in the right wing-back position. Besides Zappacosta, the Blues also could see Cesar Azpilicueta, and another new signing, Antonio Rudiger, playing there.
Moses offers more power going upfront, and his pace will be missed by Conte. Nevertheless, the side will be hoping to get a much needed victory against Roma to lift up their spirits, and without Moses and Kante, their approach would be eye catching.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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