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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger suffered an injury in the first-half against Liverpool.

The 26-year-old who has been consistent in Maurizio Sarri’s line-up was starting his 32nd Premier League game of the season, but he didn’t complete the first-half of the game due to injury.

The Germany international fell awkwardly after an accidental collision with Sadio Mane in the 21st minute, and it seems he didn’t recover from it as he was finally taken off after 40 minutes, with Andreas Christensen coming on to replace him.

The big concern will be a recurrence of Rüdiger’s knee injuries, which he’s had to deal with in 2014 (meniscus injury), 2015 (knee surgery), and 2016 (ACL) as well. 

But Maurizio Sarri is hoping it wouldn’t be a serious injury and hopes the 26-year-old will be fine as he revealed that his report from the doctor will be out tomorrow.

Sarri said: “I hope it is nothing serious of course but at the moment I am not able to say anything, we need to go to Cobham and have another visit with the doctor, and probably we will need something else tomorrow morning to be sure the injury is not serious. I am not sure.”

Chelsea eventually lost the game to Liverpool 2-0, and Sarri revealed that he was impressed with his side’s performance, insisting that they were able to stay in the game, a feature that was lacking some months ago, as he revealed that the side has been improving.

The Italian told the media after the game: “But I am happy with our performance, because we stayed in the match very well.

“Probably a few months ago we would not have been able to stay in this kind of match, so we are improving. It is difficult in England to close the gap because the level here is very high.

“To close the gap on Liverpool and Man City especially will be very difficult but now we are really very close to the other teams.”

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