Pochettino’s Concerns Grow As Fernandez and Disasi Sidelined Ahead of Crucial Everton Showdown for Chelsea


Chelsea’s injury concerns continue to mount as Enzo Fernandez (23) and Axel Disasi (26) are doubtful for Monday’s Premier League clash against Everton, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino (52).

However, there is some positive news as defender Ben Chilwell (27) has returned to training.

Chelsea is facing a significant injury crisis with 11 first-team players out, including winger Raheem Sterling and goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, who are both sidelined due to illness.

“(Enzo and Disasi) have different types of issues. We don’t believe they’re big issues but we’ll see if they can be available,” Pochettino told reporters on Friday, adding the duo had not trained since Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Sheffield United.

“(Full-back Ben Chilwell) is training, partial training and see if he can be involved in the squad on Monday. It’s good news, but he hasn’t played too much this season,” he added.

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Pochettino emphasized that Chelsea’s injury crisis has been a major factor contributing to their inconsistency this season.

“It should be fair to have a fit squad to prove that we are a good squad and we can compete for big things. At the moment it’s not fair to the players,” he said.

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“It’s really, really tough when you don’t have a squad fit enough to increase competition between them.”

Pochettino mentioned that he is contemplating bringing some academy players into the squad for the match against 16th-placed Everton.

“Chelsea have one of the best academies, not only in the league, but in the world… they are going to have the possibility to be involved in the squad on Monday, a few of the players,” he said.

Currently ninth in the standings with 44 points, Chelsea sits five points behind the top six as they aim to secure a spot in European competition.

“We are changing but we are still not in the level to be consistent enough. We were working a lot this week and hope little by little we will change,” Pochettino added.

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