Chelsea‘s injury woes continue as their new midfield sensation, Romeo Lavia, suffered a muscle tear in his ankle during a recent training session, reported by GOAL. The unfortunate setback leaves the £58 million ($50 million) signing from Southampton sidelined just as he was gearing up to make his debut for the Blues.
Since joining Chelsea, Lavia has been working diligently to regain match fitness after a disrupted summer. However, this latest injury threatens to prolong his wait to step onto the Stamford Bridge pitch. Journalist Sacha Tavolieri broke the news of Lavia's untimely injury, casting doubt on when the promising midfielder will finally don the Chelsea jersey.
Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea's manager, had provided an update on Lavia's progress prior to their Premier League victory over Luton Town. Pochettino stated, “He needs a few weeks to be ready to be involved with the team. He is working to try and catch his teammates. For Romeo, we need to wait a few weeks.”
However, it appears that the timeline for Lavia's return may have taken a more pessimistic turn. The injury could potentially keep him out of action for a more extended period, further exacerbating Chelsea's injury crisis.
Pochettino has been hit hard by injuries to key players, with the likes of Benoit Badiashile, Christopher Nkunku, Wesley Fofana, and Carney Chukwuemeka all sidelined. While there was a positive update recently from club captain Reece James regarding his recovery, Chelsea continues to face challenges on the injury front.
While Chelsea is yet to confirm the extent of Romeo Lavia's injury officially, it seems increasingly unlikely that he will be available for the upcoming Premier League clash against Bournemouth on September 17. The Blues and their fans will anxiously await further updates on Lavia's condition and hope for his swift recovery to bolster their midfield options.