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Chelsea outline Malo Gusto hamstring injury plan after Cobham rehabilitation return



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Chelsea have confirmed new January signing Malo Gusto has returned to England for rehabilitation following his hamstring injury.

The 19-year-old has been struggling with a hamstring problem since Christmas and was forced off in the first half of their Coupe de France clash against LOSC Lille earlier this month.

Laurent Blanc, Lyon head coach, confirmed it was not a serious issue but one they needed to keep an eye on.

He told L’Equipe: “It’s a pain he’s been feeling for some time. It’s not a big problem, but it bothers him physically and mentally. 

“We will try to treat him well… I don’t think it will take too long, but it has to be done.”

Gusto completed a long-term move to Chelsea last month for an initial £26.3 million fee, which saw him return to Lyon on loan until the end of the season.

But the teenager has offered both Chelsea and Lyon a blow, with the Blues confirming the Frenchman would return to their Cobham training ground.

An expected timeline of between eight to ten weeks has been set for the right-back, seeing him ruled out the majority of the rest of the 2022/23 campaign.

A statement read: “Malo Gusto is to spend time at Cobham rehabilitating from an injury.

“The right-back, who signed for Chelsea in January, returned on loan to his previous club Lyon but having now been ruled out of action, he is expected to remain in England for a period of time under the supervision of our medical staff.

“Before the injury, the 19-year-old added two more appearances to the 15 he made for Lyon this season prior to his signing for Chelsea.”

Chelsea have had many injury problems this season but head coach Graham Potter is starting to see numbers in the medical room reduce heading into the latter stages of the season.