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Chelsea dealt double injury blow as pair limp off against Malmo


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Chelsea cruising against Malmo​

Chelsea look set to move to six points from their opening three Champions League games as they are currently 2-0 up and cruising against Swedish minnows Malmo, which will set them up nicely to progress, with the Blues moving up to second as things stand.

First goal for Chelsea feels! 👏

💙 2-0 ⚪️ [25′] #CheMal

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 20, 2021

They have thus far taken three points from their opening two group games, beating Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 before losing to Italian giants Juventus by the same scoreline in Turin. A win here would see them realistically need four points from their next three games, which includes a home tie to Juventus as well as trips to Sweden and Russia.

However, a seemingly straightforward win has been well and truly tarnished by a pair of injury blows to Thomas Tuchel and co, who have just three days until their next fixture, a Saturday lunchtime clash with Norwich.

Werner and Lukaku limp off​

Although both looked sharp, as it stands it could be touch and go as to whether Thomas Tuchel has any strikers to call upon for the clash with Canaries in the Premier League. This comes as Timo Werner has followed Romelu Lukaku in limping out of the encounter with Malmo just before half time.

The German suffered what looked to be a hamstring issue, which could take some time to heal, although the extent of the injury is as of yet unknown. However, given that he opted to head straight down the tunnel is definitely not a good sign for Blues fans.

Werner looks in a lot of pain as he heads down the tunnel, has to stop before he can get all the way down. Chelsea are going to be coming out of this easy game bruised and battered.

— James Benge (@jamesbenge) October 20, 2021

This led to Chelsea being forced into a second first-half change.

Second switch of the night.

💙 2-0 ⚪️ [44′] #CheMal

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 20, 2021

In turn, this leaves Kai Havertz as the only recognised forward in Chelsea’s ranks, with Calum Hudson-Odoi occupying the role for the rest of the Champions League tie.

Will they be able to cope on Saturday?

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