The current English Premier League season has been very hectic for players with many matches played in a short period. It has not allowed players adequate time to recover before subsequent matches. Chelsea, just as most teams in Europe has witnessed an increasing injury list.
The Covid-19 forced break halted football from March till June when Project Restart kickstarted the resumption of football activity in England. Premier League returned alongside other leagues in Europe to complete the remaining matches of the season. French League and German League however decided to award their league titles to the teams at the top of the table before the football lockdown. This gave their players enough rest unlike in England, Spain, and Italy.
The hectic Premier League season was completed on 22nd July and the new season started on 12th September, less than one month later. If you factor in the Champions League and Europa League that was contested till almost the end of August. This means that Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City, the English contingents in European football did not have the needed time for any form of pre-season preparations.
The current season has been very busy for players. Lack of rest has made players more prone to injury and fatigue as European teams struggle to return football to the normal calendar after the Covid-19 break.
Chelsea injury update
Ben Chilwell has been a revelation since his big-money move from Leicester to Chelsea. The left-back was signed while injured but he recovered to become an integral part of the Chelsea set-up. He has made the left-back position his own and has contributed three goals and assists for Chelsea already.
He has fixed the Chelsea left-back position issues with his consistent display both defensively and moving forward. He is still nursing the injury sustained against West Ham. Lampard while addressing the media reiterated that he is still doubtful for the weekend Premier League encounter against struggling London rival, Arsenal.
Another breakout star and revelation of the season. Reece James has finally dislodged Azpilcueta, Chelsea captain and long term presence at the right-back position. The 21-year old youngster has excellent pace, crossing ability, and solid defensively. His versatility means he can also play in the midfield.
He suffered an injury against Wolves after colliding with Daniel Podence. He suffered another setback to his recovery while training with his teammates on Sunday. It remains to be seen if Lampard will risk him against Arsenal.
Of all Chelsea’s new signings, Ziyech is proving to be the most indispensable. The winger who was signed from Ajax has proven to be the creator-in-chief for Chelsea with his crosses, dribbling, vision, and passes creating chances for his teammates.
The Moroccan talisman has great playmaking ability and has contributed three assists already for Chelsea. He suffered a hamstring injury in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Leeds United.
His importance is underlined by the fact that Chelsea did not win the next three fixtures since then. He is back to training but Lampard has ruled him out of the Arsenal match though.
Odoi has struggled with injury complaints all through his career and this season is no exception. He suffered a hamstring problem before the Champions League encounter against Krasnodar.
Chelsea has struggled through the last transfer windows to keep their young talent. Bayern Munich has gone public with their admiration of the promising winger and has made two official bids that were rejected by Chelsea.
He is yet to live up to the lofty hype and expectation with injuries and inconsistency derailing his career. He has been pushed down the pecking order with the acquisition of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, and Pulisic.