Chelsea Hit With Fresh Injury Blow as Andreas Christensen Returns From Denmark Camp

Premier League champions Chelsea have been dealt a fresh injury blow ahead of their crucial league fixture against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with Andreas Christensen having returned to London from Denmark’s camp with a knock.

The young defender, who has established himself as a regular under Antonio Conte this season, was expected to feature for the Danes during the current break, but he was a surprise omission from the squad that beat Panama on Thursday.

Denmark manager Age Hareide has since explained that the player has been sent back to Chelsea for treatment.

It is understood that Christensen was still keen to play with the injury, but Hareide, who had planned to experiment with him in central midfield as well, thought it better not to take the risk and has had the player head back to his club.

Andreas Christensen has been sent home to London,” he explained (H/T the ?Metro). ‘We do not want to take any risks with him. We have called up Peter Ankersen and Lasse Nielsen, so we are adequately covered in defence.


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“I cannot say exactly what is wrong with Christensen, but it is a little fatigue. ‘It’s not serious, but it can be. It is a bit frustrating because we would have liked to trial him in both central defence and as a defensive midfielder.”

Christensen is now thought to be a doubt for the Blues’ match against Spurs next month although the injury doesn’t seem like a serious one. Conte, meanwhile, already has both David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu out injured, so losing Christensen for a lengthy period certainly won’t do him well.

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‘It Is Not Enough’: Chelsea Striker Olivier Giroud Disappointed With His Current Barren Goal Run

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has admitted that he ‘should have’ scored more goals since joining the club from Arsenal in January.

Speaking to ?L’Equipe while on international duty with France, the 31-year-old admitted that he is disappointed with statistics, but knows he has more to offer in a Chelsea shirt.

The Frenchman had an impressive goal scoring record during his time at Arsenal, and believes in himself to achieve those standards again.

?“I am happy with my adaptation, the welcome I received, the relationship on the ground with my partners,” he said.

“But, I could have, and should have, scored more goals. In terms of statistics, I am very attached to this, I remain stuck at one goal and three assists. I know that it is not enough, but in time I will do it.”

However, the former Arsenal forward is not making excuses. He knows he has to work hard and embrace the challenge of playing for a club like Chelsea.

“You have to be demanding with yourself,” he continued.

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“If signed for Chelsea to have a new challenge. I knew there was going to be a wait.

“When you sign like that in January, it’s never easy because you have to acclimatise to your team. But I really wanted to be ready right away, even though I was coming back from almost six weeks of injury. It was a little paradoxical.

“The coach started me in the second game and it made me comfortable. It went very well. Then, it is true that I wasn’t so successful in some matches. But at this level of the game, I repeat, it is very encouraging.”

Giroud is expected to play a part in France’s upcoming fixtures against Colombia and Russia.

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Chelsea Set to Beat PSG to Agreement for Former Barça Coach as French Champions Eye Allegri

?Chelsea reportedly hold the advantage over Paris Saint-Germain in the race to appoint former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as both clubs look for new managers ahead of the expected sackings of Antonio Conte and Unai Emery respectively.

PSG were rumoured to be going all out to snag Enrique, a coach with a proven record in the Champions League after guiding Barça to glory as part of an historic treble in 2014/15.

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But Chelsea are seemingly equally keen and a report from French publication Le Parisien has claimed that Enrique will definitely not be the new PSG coach next season because he is already ‘heading towards Chelsea instead’.

Incumbent Stamford Bridge boss Conte has come under increasing pressure after a poor defence of the Premier League title he guided the team to in record breaking fashion last season. The Italian has also been at war with Stamford Bridge officials over transfer policy and appears ready to give up.

It was rumoured earlier this season that he would be sacked as soon as Chelsea were eliminated from the Champions League. That came last week after a comprehensive Last 16 aggregate defeat against Barcelona, but he remains in charge as the FA Cup is still on offer to win.


It had been suggested that PSG might actually go for Conte. But after seemingly missing out on Enrique, the French champions will now target respected Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, according to a report by ESPN this week.

Allegri has continued Juve’s domestic dominance in Italy since taking over from Conte in Turin in 2014 and has led the club to two Champions League finals in the last three seasons. That European record in particular is said to be attracting PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

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Jermaine Jenas Reveals What Chelsea Fans Thought of Mohamed Salah During Spell at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea fans must wish they had a Mohamed Salah in their team right now, but at one point they did.

The Egyptian, who has returned to the Premier League with a vengeance, is scoring at will for Liverpool and has them flying high both domestically and in Europe.


His first stint in England’s top flight didn’t work out as would have hoped, however. Salah just didn’t seem the right fit for the Blues and was sold after two seasons, despite impressing during loan spells at Fiorentina and Roma.

Roma would sign him to a permanent deal, only to lose him to Liverpool, who are now reaping the rewards of having a player with Premier League and Serie A experience under his belt.

Meanwhile, Blues fans must be feeling a bit upset over the fact that the club let the Egyptian go. Yet according to Jermaine Jenas, they would have probably done the same if they were in the position to.

“I spoke to people at the time Mo Salah was at Chelsea and they did not rate him at all,” Jenas revealed in a column for GQ Magazine.

“But that move might just have come too soon for him and he probably tried too hard to impress. Also, he went into a club where you had Drogba, Terry, Lampard – big personalities – and he’s just sitting in.

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“Compare that with Liverpool, where the likes of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have gone. All of a sudden, the fans are looking for that big player that Liverpool have always had and he has answered that call.

“Klopp has told him he’s the main man and he has responded to that. Every Liverpool player is looking for him now. They’ve forgotten about Coutinho. It reminds me of when Torres was at Liverpool and how he thrived on being the main man and then the difference when he went to Chelsea.”

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Willy Caballero to Extend Chelsea Stay As Doubts Persist Over Thibaut Courtois’ Future

Second-choice ?Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero is set to remain at Stamford Bridge for at least one more year, having impressed Antonio Conte during his rare outings this season.


Caballero was impressive in Chelsea’s FA Cup quarter final win over ?Leicester at the weekend and has earned a call-up to the latest Argentina squad despite making only occasional appearances for the Blues during the current campaign.

Caballero joined Chelsea from rivals ?Manchester City last summer and signed a one-year deal with the option of an extra year, which is set to be triggered before the end of the season.

Meanwhile, discussions over the contract of first-choice keeper Thibaut Courtois have stalled, and Chelsea could risk losing the Belgian for free if they do not sell him this summer.

Courtois’ current deal expires in summer 2019 and there have been rumours that he could leave the club before then, with ?some reports claiming he has already met with Paris Saint-Germain representatives to discuss a move to the French capital.

He has also been linked with a move to ?Real Madrid, having spent three seasons on loan at rivals ?Atletico Madrid between 2011 and 2014.

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Courtois has played all but one of Chelsea’s ?Premier League games this season, missing January’s trip to ?Brighton, for which Caballero deputised. He also played every Champions League match for the Blues but was culpable for two goals in their last 16 defeat to ?Barcelona.

Caballero has been the man of choice for Chelsea’s League Cup and FA Cup fixtures, and could yet end the season with a winners’ medal. Chelsea’s win over Leicester set up a semi final with ?Southampton, with the winner to face ?Tottenham or ?Manchester United in the final.

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