The year 2023 has been rife with injuries for Chelsea, persisting across managerial changes, transfers, and medical staff adjustments. Mauricio Pochettino faced the challenge of securing three points against Luton on Saturday with nine absent players, a recurring theme for the 2023/24 season.
Despite this, Chelsea clinched a crucial away victory, marking their first win in four matches and concluding the year on a positive note. However, the injury woes are likely to persist into the new year, with key players like Ben Chilwell, Reece James, and Wesley Fofana facing prolonged recovery periods.
Lavia, grappling with an ankle issue, made a debut against Crystal Palace but missed the Luton clash due to a fresh knock, posing concerns for Pochettino.
Scorer against Crystal Palace, Mudryk suffered a knock but was present in training and remained an unused substitute against Luton.
With a hernia concern, Fernandez surprisingly returned against Luton, showcasing resilience and determination.
Ugochukwu, plagued by a hamstring injury, faces uncertainties regarding his return.
Chilwell, recovering from a knock since September, is nearing fitness but may return in 2024, as indicated by Pochettino.
Facing another hamstring injury after a recent return, James embarks on a lengthy recovery, expected to return in January 2024.
Cucurella, updating his injury progress, is on crutches, with a return date yet to be determined.
Chalobah, recovering from a thigh injury, shows positive signs in individual training, hinting at a potential return.
Struggling with a knee problem, Chukwuemeka’s return date remains uncertain after multiple setbacks.
Fofana, recovering from a ruptured ACL, is set to return in April 2024, demonstrating resilience on the training pitches.
As Chelsea navigates the complexities of injuries, Pochettino remains optimistic about the squad’s recovery and performance in the coming months.