Chelsea Woe as Centre-Back Looks Likely to Miss Manchester City FA Cup Clash With Knee Injury

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Cahill is expected to join captain Terry on the injury list.

There is bad news for Chelsea ahead of the FA Cup fifth round clash with Manchester City on Saturday as Gary Cahill could miss the game through injury.

The centre-back picked up the knock during Tuesday night’s 1-1 Premier League draw with West Bromwich Albion and the 28-year-old’s absence could leave manager Jose Mourinho with a serious selection headache.

“Once I got the knock, I was struggling from then on,” Cahill was quoted by the Mirror.

“It happened when a West Brom player went for a header and I was on the floor.

“He landed just inside my knee/calf. It is sore and we’ll see what it’s like today.”

The England international joins Blues captain John Terry on the sidelines, with the 33-year-old sitting out the match with West Brom due to a knee problem and there is a chance Mourinho could be without the Portuguese coach’s first choice central defence for the City game.

Cahill and Terry gave a masterclass at the back when the west Londoners beat the Citizens at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the month and the absence of the duo will be a great worry to the boss.

Although David Luiz is a ready-made replacement, beyond the Brazilian there are not many options with either Branislav Ivanovic having to move in from right-back or unproven Tomas Kalas having to deputise.

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