Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has provided injury updates on Antonio Rudiger and Willian.
German defender Rudiger was withdrawn after suffering a knee injury in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United, with the 26-year-old making his first appearance since injuring the same knee in the 2-0 defeat at Liverpool on April 14.
Rüdiger will undergo scans on Monday to discover the extent of the problem, though Chelsea now fear they will be without the centre-back for the remainder of the season.
Willian also suffered an injury at Old Trafford, following a robust challenge from United defender Marcus Rojo, though could be fit for Thursday’s Europa League semi-final with Eintracht Frankfurt.
“The most serious situation is Antonio Rudiger with his knee,” Sarri said in his post-match press conference.
“Willian is in trouble at the moment but I think it’s only a knock so we can try to recover him. For the next match in the Europa League probably Antonio will be out.”
United defender Rojo was booked following the challenge on Willian, though replays suggested the Argentine was fortunate not to be sent off, and Sarri admits Willian was unhappy with the referee’s decision.
“Willy was not happy! The card was an orange card,” Sarri added. “The yellow card was not enough. But we have to accept everything from the referee, it’s not easy for him.”
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