Chelsea Facing Centre-Back Crisis As Another Defender Gets Injured

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Chelsea are facing a centre-back crisis ahead of the Europa League game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

The Blues have just two fit centre-backs ahead of game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday after Gary Cahill picked up an Achilles injury.

With the Blues fighting to secure a top four finish in the Premier League and also aiming to win the Europa League, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is hoping to have Cahill fit quickly with Antonio Rudiger already ruled out of the season after picking up a knee injury in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Sunday.

Cesar Azpilicueta has been training as a centre-back with the Blues having just two fit centre-backs.

“Gary Cahill has an Achilles tendon injury,” said Sarri. “We hope to recover him in one week.

“So we are in trouble with the centre backs. For the last two trainings we played with Azpilicueta at centre back. We’ve played 58 matches so injuries are typical. We were lucky previously but not in the last 10 days.”

Azpilicueta insisted he is ready to step in at centre back if required.

“I’m ready to play wherever the manager needs me to play,” said Azpilicueta. “But I can adapt to different positions. So I’m ready for it.”

Sarri also revealed that Rudiger will be sidelined for three months after surgery to repair the meniscus in his knee.

“Rudiger is out for at least three months I think,” said Sarri.

“He’s upset of course but is very strong and I’m sure he will come back stronger.”

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