Graham Potter is hoping to find answers for Chelsea’s injury problems which has prompted the club into reviewing the medical department.
Chelsea are currently experiencing an injury crisis which saw nine players – Edouard Mendy, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Christian Pulisic, Raheem Sterling and Armando Broja – sidelined prior to the 2-1 defeat to Fulham on Thursday night.
But the problems worsened in the capital during the second half. Denis Zakaria pulled up and was forced off at Craven Cottage, with Potter confirming it was a quad issue for the Swiss international.
“He felt it when he cleared the ball. In terms of the extent, it’s too early to say,” said Potter.
It’s got to the point now where the injuries suffered are beyond just bad luck. Last year, medical chief Paco Biosca and head physio Thierry Laurent were both sacked by the club, shocking many long-serving Chelsea players, following the arrival of the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital takeover in May 2022 and replaced by an outsourced company.
The problems this season have had a massive impact on Potter and his side’s ability to get results, with constant changes to the team and never having a fully fit squad available for selection.
It sees Chelsea linger down in 10th and in freefall, losing their last three games in all competitions, and following the injury to Zakaria the club has now launched a review into the medical department.
As reported by Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea are now reviewing how players are treated and allowed to recover in an attempt to improve the injury record.
It’s been claimed that ‘the players believe changes to the medical department were made too quickly and that individuals they trusted with their fitness are no longer at the club’.
Potter was asked about the continuing issues at Chelsea, with the club being revamped from top to bottom, and insisted although they haven’t got to the root of the problem but are looking at ways to improve.
“Yes, absolutely. We are looking all the time,” responded Potter, as quoted by football.london, when asked about if they are looking for answers over the injury problems.
“We’re going over how they are happening and trying to evaluate the whole thing. Sometimes it’s difficult when you come in halfway through the season to know how things happened. It’s a bit of bad luck and there’s also learning for us all in terms of how we can improve.”
He added: “No, not at the moment (we’ve not been able to put finger on anything). The nature of them, it’s almost like there’s not even a pattern. They are different problems. It’s tricky and it’s not like we are overtraining or anything like that. It is just something we certainly need to get to the bottom of.”
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