Connect with us


Chelsea’s injury woes continue as new January signing Malo Gusto forced off for Lyon vs Lille



(Photo by OLIVIER CHASSIGNOLE/AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea loanee Malo Gusto has continued the club’s injury concerns while playing for Lyon on Wednesday night after being forced off in the first half against LOSC Lille with an issue.

The 19-year-old, who penned a long-term contract at Chelsea last month before returning to Lyon on loan for the remainder of the season, was in action on Wednesday for their Round of 16 Coupe de France clash against LOSC Lille.

Just after the half hour mark at the Groupama Stadium with Lyon leading 2-1, Gusto was forced off after holding his hamstring as he exited the pitch, being replaced by Castello Lukeba.

How severe the problem is remains unclear and it is unlikely it will be known for several days once Gusto is looked at and assessed by the Lyon medical team.

It follows on from Chelsea‘s injury problems back at Cobham which has seen Graham Potter have to contend with 11 players out through injury at points.

Gusto was signed as cover and competition last month, in a deal worth an initial £26 million, for Reece James who has now returned from a knee injury which meant he missed the World Cup in Qatar at the end of 2022.

“I play right-back, I’m a fast player, crosser and box-to-box,” he told Chelsea TV last month.

On his reasons for wanting to join Chelsea amid interest from Manchester United, the teenager added: “I like the city. I am really, really happy to come here.

“I chose Chelsea because it’s a very big club and I very like the project. Very happy to be here. See you soon.”

Gusto, Lyon and Chelsea will all be hoping the hamstring injury isn’t serious to ensure he is able to be available for their next game against Lens on Sunday evening.