Chelsea’s injury news isn’t getting any better, as it’s reported that Victor Moses now faces a lengthy absence after sustaining a hamstring injury at the weekend.
The reigning Premier League champions were fortunate to an extent last season, as with their less taxing fixture schedule with no European football, Antonio Conte was able to rest key players during the week and stick with a familiar starting line-up for most of the league campaign.
However, it hasn’t quite gone to plan so far this season, and it could prove to be very costly to Chelsea as they now sit in fifth place in the Premier League table, nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City after just eight games.
Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante were both missing in the weekend defeat to Crystal Palace with their own hamstring problems, and now Moses has added his name to the injury list.
As reported by The Sun, he could be ruled out for at least a month with the problem, while it’s suggested that a six-week timeline can’t be dismissed yet either.
The 26-year-old was an almost ever-present presence in the first team last season, making 40 appearances in all competitions as he established himself as a key figure in Conte’s side as a right wing-back.
Naturally, losing him will be a tough break for Chelsea, but what it also does on a more positive note, is it offers summer signing Davide Zappacosta an opportunity to prove his worth with an extended run in the side.
Chelsea will need him to step up and he’ll face familiar opponents in two of the next four games as the Blues take on Roma in back-to-back Champions League meetings, a foe that Zappacosta should know relatively well given his previous stint at Torino.
Nevertheless, it’s not helpful losing a key player at any time of the season, However, it’s even worse timing as far as Conte is concerned as Chelsea need to bounce back from that loss at Palace and get back on track as quickly as possible.