Marcos Alonso played the full 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Cardiff on Sunday, but Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that the Spaniard has a hamstring strain that has left him sidelined.
Alonso has struggled this season and has been in and out of the Chelsea team of late, with Emerson Palmieri fighting for the left-back slot as well.
Chelsea host Brighton at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, and Alonso will be unavailable for this clash, with Sarri revealing that the 24-year-old will miss about four days of action.
“We have a little problem with Alonso and his hamstring so I think he has to rest for three or four days,” said Sarri in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the Brighton game.
Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante were rested for the game against Cardiff, with Kante not even playing at all as Hazard came on in the second-half to help Chelsea come back from behind and beat Cardiff 2-1 away from home.
When asked if the Belgian and the Frenchman would return to the starting XI, Sarri replied: “I don’t know but I think so.
“They rested in the last match. We need to consider that N’Golo this season has played 50 matches and Hazard 48.
“In the last two weeks they played with the national teams for two matches so sometimes they need to rest. Now they are okay.”
Sarri was asked if the criticism he has received lately is unfair considering the fact that we are still in the hunt for a top-four place, are in the quarters of the Europa League, and reached the Carabao Cup final earlier this season.
Sarri responded to the question by saying he doesn’t know, but asked for improvement from the team especially the young players Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen.
Sarri said: “I don’t know. Probably we started very well, so our fans thought everything was very easy for us. It wasn’t true. If you take a coach with my characteristics you have to work and improve day by day, week by week. In the future we will be able to fight for the top.
“We have a lot of young players who can improve a lot in the future: Callum [Hudson-Odoi], Ruben [Loftus-Cheek], [Andreas] Christensen. If they are able to improve we will be able to improve as a team.”