Chelsea Team News: Sarri Confirms Double Injury Blow Ahead Of Crystal Palace Trip

By on December 28, 2018

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Chelsea will be looking to cement their position in the top four with a win when they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon.

Ahead of the game, Maurizio Sarri has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s provided a full team news and injury update.

Unfortunately, the Blues boss has confirmed a double injury blow for Chelsea with attacking duo Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi both ruled out of the visit to Palace this weekend.

Pedro started during the 2-1 victory over Watford on Boxing Day but the winger was forced off shortly before half-time and was replaced by Hudson-Odoi in the 43rd minute at Vicarage Road after picking up a hamstring injury.

Sarri has confirmed the problem at today’s press conference with the Chelsea manager revealing that Pedro is facing around 10 days on the sidelines meaning he could miss the games against Palace, Southampton, Nottingham Forest and possibly the League Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham on January 8th.

In a double blow for Chelsea, Sarri also confirmed that Hudson-Odoi is expected to miss the trip to Palace this weekend after also being forced off during the closing stages against Watford with a thigh injury – but his problem isn’t thought to be as serious as Pedro’s.

Sarri is quoted as saying by Football London:

Two problems, the first more serious with Pedro. A hamstring injury and I think that he will have to rest for about ten days. The second problem was Odoi, it’s not a serious problem but I don’t think he will play in the next match.

Sarri didn’t provide any update on Andreas Christensen [hamstring] or Alvaro Morata [knee] at his press conference but the duo remain major doubts to face Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Chelsea head in to the weekend action sitting fourth in the Premier League table but with Arsenal just two points adrift, the Blues need a win at Palace to cement their position in the Champions League qualification places.

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