Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes Chelsea are in trouble due to the number of injuries in the squad with so many games to play in the coming weeks.
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud picked up an injury in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and left Selhurst Park on crutches. The 32-year-old picked up an ankle injury on 76 minutes following a coming together with Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins.
It remains unclear how serious the injury to Giroud is but the Frenchman is set to miss Chelsea’s next game against Southampton on January 2nd at Stamford Bridge.
With Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi also injured, Chelsea are short of options in attack and the Blues might have to make an attacking signing in January.
Speaking about Giroud’s injury, Sarri said: “The problem is his ankle. I don’t know the severity. We have to wait for tomorrow. I think that, later in the evening, I will see the doctor for the first results, but I think the real result will only be known tomorrow.
“In the last few days we were a bit unlucky. Yesterday in ten minutes we had three injuries – Fabregas, Loftus and Drinkwater – then Giroud today, and today we were already without Pedro and Odoi.
“We are in trouble because, in January, we have to play every three days.”
Chelsea midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also missed the win at Crystal Palace.
On Fabregas missing the game, Sarri said: “Fabregas is a neck problem. The injury was in the last five minutes of training, so I’m not sure about whether he has to rest for two or for ten days. I don’t know about the moment.
“I will have a meeting with the doctor this evening.”
Speaking before the win against Crystal Palace, Sarri explained injuries forced him to play Eden Hazard as a winger against Crystal Palace. Sarri has played Hazard lately as a false nine.
“We had to change because at the moment we have problems with wingers.
“Pedro is out, Callum Hudson-Odoi is out, Loftus-Cheek is out and so today I need Eden [Hazard] as a winger, so it’s normal that [Olivier] Giroud is in.
“With Giroud we have more physical impact, maybe less with playing at high speed near the box.”
Despite controlling the game against Crystal Palace, Chelsea failed to score the second goal to kill off the game and Sarri wasn’t happy with the team’s inability to score a second goal against Crystal Palace.
“I didn’t like only that we weren’t able to kill off the match before,” Sarri added.
“[It was] better in the second half, I think, because in the first half we did everything very well but slowly. In the second half, for 40 minutes, we moved the ball better.”