Chelsea are in the box seat in the battle for top four with a slender two-point lead over Arch rivals Arsenal with only two games to go. They also have a small matter of Europa League semifinals on their hands.
Given the vitality of the remaining games, Maurizio Sarri’s men cannot afford a single slip up as the season enters its business end.
But will Maurizio have the entire squad at his disposal? We provide an insight.
The German centre half’s comeback was cut short in half after he picked up a knock on his already injured knee and was later substituted for Andreas Christensen.
“The most serious situation is Rudiger with his knee. For the next match in the Europa League probably Antonio will be out,” Sarri said in his post-match presser.
Rudiger is feared to be out for the rest of the Premier League season and Europa League semifinals.
In case Chelsea makes it to Europa finals, It will be a race against time for him to be in contention for selection.
The 30-year-old was another casualty of the Manchester United game after a strong tackle from Marcos Rojo left him hobbling.
“Willy was not so happy,” Sarri said about Rojo’s tackle. “The card was an orange card, between yellow and red, we have to accept everything from the referee, it is not easy for the referee. My opinion the yellow card was not enough, of course.
“Willian at the moment is in trouble, but I think it is only a knock so we can try to recover him.”
The Brazillian was in obvious pain and was replaced by Pedro only a few minutes later.
The knock could probably rule him out of the first leg of Chelsea’s Europa League semifinals in Frankfurt midweek.
The most heartbreaking saga of em all?
The youngster was finally getting his chances after fans and critics alike advocated for him all season long.
But it seems like a fairytale that just wasn’t to be.
Hudson-Odoi ruptured his Achilles heel against Burnley and has since undergone surgery on the same.
Given the type, extent and previous track record of the injury, it’s safe to say that young Englishman won’t be seeing any action for the better part of next season’s first half.