Hamstring Curse: The Reason Behind Chelsea’s Injury Woes This Season
Despite the tragic loss they suffered against Crystal Palace this Saturday, the Blues witnessed their wing-back Victor Moses being forced off with an unfortunate injury.
With multiple injuries adding up to the list, Conte’s side seems to be under a detrimental spell. Intriguingly, three main players appear to have suffered hamstring injuries, with their first-choice striker Alvaro Morata being the first victim.
The Spaniard was hauled out earlier this month since he sustained a grade two hamstring injury, and was presumed to be sidelined for at least six weeks. N’Golo Kante was the second sufferer, and his hamstring problem is set to keep him out for the rest of October, as reports claim.
Moses looks to be the third star in the span of two weeks to suffer from the very same injury, causing a vexatious injury crisis for the Londoners. The Nigerian international has been in sensational form since he became an integral element of Conte’s 3-4-3 last season, taking part in the club’s triumph.
With the intervention of Champions League, Chelsea’s lack of resources is seemingly causing issues for the Italian tactician, and is testing him out. The English champions happened to underperform in the transfer market, notwithstanding their financial status, and it seems to have hit them back hard.
Regardless, according to Telegraph, the exact issue may have been recognized. Medical specialists believe Chelsea’s hamstring issues arise because of the players having to work harder than the previous season due to the club’s involvement in the Champions League.
“The workload has been taking its toll, as medical experts believe that the increased number of games the Champions League has brought this season, together with international commitments and tough training sessions, is behind the recent spate of hamstring injuries,” describes Matt Law.
He further added: “Conte has made no secret of the fact he fears his Chelsea squad is too small to compete in both the Premier League and Champions League this season.”
Moreover, Law disclosed that injuries are not the only issue the Blues must bear, as the Italian has catechized the players after succumbing to Palace. However, the 48-year-old is expected to have the situation under control, and not many coaches around the globe can surpass Conte when it comes to coping well with pressure situations akin to this one.
Written by Hritwik NE
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