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Wesley Fofana offers Chelsea injury concern after Everton draw as Potter offers fitness update



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Wesley Fofana has left Chelsea with a strapping on his right thigh following the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday evening in the Premier League.

Graham Potter’s side twice surrendered the lead against the Toffees and failed to continue their recent winning streak.

Joao Felix opened the scoring in the second 45 after a goalless first half. His left-footed strike was outside the reach of Jordan Pickford and clipped the post on its way in.

The Blues had largely dominated the game to this point, so it was a surprise when Abdoulaye Doucoure headed the visitors level from a corner.

Chelsea did respond quickly from this, Reece James was tripped in the box by James Tarkowski and earnt the west London side a penalty, Kai Havertz stepped up to strike from the spot and calmly put the hosts back in front.

It looked as though Chelsea were going to take all three points from the contest, but in the 89th minute there was a final shock, Ellis Simms struck past Kepa Arrizabalaga to score his first Premier League goal.

Coming off the back of a perfect week that saw wins against Leeds United, Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City, this result was a disappointing one.

The Blues did move back ahead of Aston Villa in the table, but dropping more points has put a further dent in any hopes Chelsea have of qualifying to play in Europe next year.

In addition to the negatives of the result, there is yet more pain for Chelsea fans, regarding Fofana, following the full-time whistle.

Adam Newson wrote on Twitter: “Wesley Fofana with an ice pack heavily strapped on his right thigh. That’s a concern.”

The French defender was substituted late on in the game, just moments before Simms got the leveller.

Having just earned his first international call-up for France by Didier Deschamps, the defender will be hoping it is not anything too serious.

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Potter confirmed the injury problem after the final whistle, saying: “Wes had to come off with fatigue, as he has had a long time out. He was feeling his hamstring.”