Mauricio Pochettino: ‘We are very saddened by the news about Ben Chilwell’

Chelsea returned to winning ways in the League Cup against Brighton on Wednesday, but victory came at a cost, with Ben Chilwell forced out and his hamstring injury will keep him out for the foreseeable future, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday.

“I think it’s bad news, what the doctor told me is not good. It looks like a serious injury, so we will assess in the next few days and see how long he will be absent from the team,” Pochettino told reporters ahead of Chelsea’s visit to Craven Cottage to face Fulham on Monday.

Chelsea returned to winning ways in the League Cup against Brighton on Wednesday

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“We are very saddened by the news about Ben. It’s hard to tell the time now. The doctor will tell us and the club will communicate,” he said.

The Argentine coach is more optimistic about other injuries. Carney Chukwuemeka hasn’t played since Aug. 20 with a knee injury but returned to practice this week.

“I hope that maybe Carney and of course Noni (Madueke) as well, after the problem he had when he came back from the national team, are preparing. Hopefully these two players can be available for the national team on Monday,” he said.

Chelsea, with just one win in six games, have also failed to score in their last three Premier League games, with just five goals scored so far this season.

Nicolas Jackson scored the only goal of the game against Brighton, but the player, who also scored Chelsea’s last league goal in August, is not available for the trip to Fulham due to suspension.

The Argentine coach will have to plan the next game without Jackson as he looks to find a solution to his team’s lack of goals.

“We have some options, to play with a striker and without a striker. We have to evaluate the whole squad after the game, things come up after 48 hours and we have to see how they are and how they recover from Wednesday,” he said.

“The most important thing is the adaptation, the squad has to find a way to perform, that’s the most important thing.”

Chelsea are 14th in the table with five points, with Fulham three points ahead in 11th.