Bad news for Antonio Conte: January signing picks up injury during Chelsea training, player to miss Watford clash

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Antonio Conte’s has suffered a blow ahead of his side’s Monday night clash against Watford, after reports emerged stating that new signing Ross Barkley is to miss the match after he picked up an injury in training.

This is according to the Telegraph, who are stating that the England international is to miss his side’s match against the Hornets tomorrow due to injury, and that the club fear that the former Everton man has suffered an injury to his hamstring.

The news outlet are also stating that should the player’s injury be one to his hamstring, then it’ll be the eighth time a Blues player has suffered a hamstring injury so far this campaign.

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Barkley’s absence will come as a blow to Antonio Conte’s side for their match against Watford

Since moving to Chelsea in the January transfer window, the player has has made three appearances for Conte’s side so far, with the player failing to bag either a goal or an assists in any of those.

During his time with Everton, Barkley managed to impress fans with his ability despite his young age. The England ace was able to contribute 27 goals and 28 assists in 179 appearances for the Toffees, an impressive return.

The midfielder’s eye for goal and want to get forward, paired with the fact that he’s just signed for Chelsea, has seen some label the player as a success to Blues legend Frank Lampard, who retired in 2017.

Barkley’s fairly young age and vast amount of Premier League experience makes the fee the Blues paid for him, which was £15M as per the Telegraph, look like a bargain.

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Should news come out that Barkley has in fact suffered an injury to his hamstring, it’ll come as a big blow to the Blues, who already have Andreas Christensen out with a similar problem.

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