Chelsea facing injury problems, Kieran Gibbs is only short-term
Written by Jeffrey on September 23, 2010 4:30
The two-day of Carling Cup action ended with Arsenal delighted with their impressive win at White Hart Lane but Chelsea facing a possible injury crisis ahead of the October 3 clash at Stamford Bridge.
The Gunners are fully aware that they will probably have very little problems to ease past West Bromwich Albion this weekend with Carlo Ancelotti’s Blues, however, facing Manchester City in what could be a golden opportunity for Arsene Wenger’s men to reduce the gap at the top.
On Wednesday, Arsenal were boosted by the positive news that left-back Kieran Gibbs will only be out for a short period but are anxiously waiting on the recovery of captain Cesc Fabregas. Chelsea – on the other hand – suffered a triple injury blow against Newcastle in the Carling Cup after Gaël Kakuta, Salomon Kalou and Yossi Benayoun suffered leg, calf and thigh injuries respectively.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that the three will miss a “few games” with the Blues – who crashed out of the Carling Cup after losing 3-4 – facing Olympique de Marseille in the Champions League right after the Manchester City game.
On injured players, Ancelotti said:
Kakuta had a problem on his leg after the tackle in first half while Benayoun’s injury is his calf and Kalou hurt his thigh. ‘We will know more tomorrow but they don’t look good. The will miss the next few games.
These things can happen in football. It was a strong tackle on Kakuta and he was unlucky. The problem with his back is from the fall.