Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has provided an update on the condition of Antonio Rudiger, who was withdrawn at half-time yesterday, report Squawka.
Rudiger has only just returned from long-term injury, so there was cause for concern when the German did not emerge for the second-half against Wolverhampton Wanders yesterday.
However, it does not appear as though the centre-back has caused bother to the knee injury he was previously troubled with, rather he has suffered a new groin injury.
Lampard is quoted by Squawka saying:
“He’s had a groin issue which he bothered as he came off the pitch near me actually. He slipped on some metal which made him adjust himself so he has bothered his groin. Hopefully it’s not too bad. It was more than a precaution because he did feel some pain so we’ll assess it over the next couple of days. It was just before half-time, where the ball was bouncing and he came off the pitch, unfortunately he bothered it then.”
Thankfully, it does not look as though the damage inflicted to Rudiger’s groin is serious, but it does leave doubts as to whether he will be fit and available to face Liverpool next weekend.
Considering the dire state of our defensive line at times this season, we really cannot afford to be facing Liverpool’s incredible frontline without our best centre-back available for selection.
We face a nervous wait…