Mount, Pulisic, Sterling: Potter facing potential triple Chelsea blow for Man City FA Cup tie
Chelsea could be without another three key players for their FA Cup third round clash against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium.
Graham Potter’s side face Man City for the second time in four days after their Premier League meeting in the capital on Thursday night.
Man City came out on top after claiming a narrow 1-0 victory courtesy of a Riyad Mahrez goal from close range in the 63rd minute.
Chelsea have already been defeated by the Citizens in November when they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup and will be hoping to avoid another dumping this weekend.
Ten first-team players have sustained injury, three of which added to the initial seven prior to Thursday night’s league meeting in west London.
Edouard Mendy, Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Wesley Fofana, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N’Golo Kante and Armando Broja have all been sidelined, leaving Graham Potter in search of solutions and having to turn to the youngsters to fill the voids.
Ahead of their FA Cup clash versus Man City, Absolute Chelsea has the latest updates on Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Raheem Sterling, all of whom were injured in the build up and during their match against City earlier this week.
Mount was unavailable for the defeat on Thursday after picking up a knock in training ahead of the game.
Potter admitted he has never seen an injury list like he has currently, but is hopeful Mount can be in contention for Sunday. Whether he will be ready remains unclear.
“Mason got a kick yesterday in training, again we’re hopeful for the weekend but it’s one of those things at the moment,” said Potter on Thursday night.
“I’ve never experienced anything like it (the injury problems) and I’d ideally not want to experience it here. But it is what it is, I have to just carry on.”
The 24-year-old was another casualty in midweek and it remains unclear how serious the USMNT star’s injury is.
Chelsea are hoping the winger’s condition isn’t ‘too bad’ however Potter will have to make a late assessment on Pulisic, but will unlikely risk him if there is a chance of further setback due to their current injury problems.
Potter said: “Christian’s, he was running at full pelt and it’s a blocked shot and contact with his knee. Fingers crossed it’s not too bad.”
Potter offered an update on the 28-year-old immediately after Thursday’s league clash, revealing: “Raheem, it was his first action in the game, a strange one, a back heel.”
It’s now been confirmed Sterling has suffered a hamstring strain and underwent a scan on Friday to learn the extent of the injury.
He is hoping not to be out for too long, eyeing a return by the time they face Liverpool at Anfield on January 21, however he won’t rush his comeback.
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