Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill was forced off in the first half of their Premier League fixture against Leicester City.
The England International was replaced in the 33rd minute by Andreas Christensen after Cahill was brought down after chasing the ball alongside fellow England teammate Jamie Vardy.
The 32-year-old defender was on the tail with Vardy over a high ball at the edge of Chelsea box. The defender immediately clutched his hamstring after the run and lied down for medical assistance.
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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte turned towards youngster Christensen as a replacement for Gary Cahill instead of the fit-again David Luiz who was named on the bench for the London side.
Cahill was left out of the squad during the Blues tame 0-0 draw against London rivals Arsenal in the first leg of the Carabao Cup at Stamford Bridge.
Impact of Cahill’s absence
The extent of the defender’s injury is yet to be known, but from initial looks of the injury, it seems that Cahill might miss some important knockout fixtures this month against Arsenal and Norwich City.
Chelsea supporters would be hoping that their leader returns back before the crucial Champions League round of 16 fixture against FC Barcelona.
The London side’s 2018 continued the trend of yet another below par performance with the fourth goalless draw in 7 games. Chelsea drew the Foxes to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in an uninspiring performance.
Chelsea did not create enough goal scoring chances which has now given Manchester United a chance to extend their lead at second place when they face Stoke City.
Cahill’s absence would be a huge blow for the Blues who are heading into a hectic phase of the season. With Luiz’s future at Stamford Bridge highly doubtful, Chelsea will struggle to rotate their defenders given the fixture congestion. Conte might need to dip into the transfer market to secure the signing of another centre-back.