Chelsea injury Update: Frank Lampard confirms Badiashile ruled out, Koulibaly’s recovery in progress ahead of crucial EPL title-deciding clash vs Man City

Chelsea have had a subpar 2022-23 season. They are in the bottom half of the Premier League table, and were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid in the quarterfinal. As things stand, they will not be able to even qualify for the UEFA Conference League. 

Now, as they head into the final weeks of the Premier League calendar, they have a mammoth opponent in Manchester City, who hosts them this Sunday. The London club will be looking to secure their second victory under manager Frank Lampard, who has given an insight into the injury situation in his squad in a press conference.

“Injury-wise, we’re pretty much similar to where we have been recently, in terms of Mason, Reece, Chilly, N’Golo and Marc Cucurella are not fit,” Lampard said during the press conference.

Mason Mount, whose form has dropped dramatically, will miss his fifth straight Premier League game today because of a pelvis injury he’s had for nearly a month.


Injuries have hampered Reece James’s season, first with a knee issue and now with a hamstring injury; Ben Chillwell is also currently sidelined by an injury.

Marc Cucurella, just like Mount and James, has been sidelined with an injury since the Brentford match, while N’golo Kante has been extremely unlucky with his health, making only seven Premier League appearances this season.


Kalidou Koulibaly, another summer signing for Chelsea, is recovering from a hamstring injury, and Lampard confirmed that he is not yet ready to play. Benoit Badiashile will also miss the match due to a groin injury.

Chelsea could become the party poppers for Manchester City

Chelsea could well be the club to postpone Manchester City’s title celebrations on Sunday, as the Citizens need only one victory out of their remaining three Premier League games to secure the title. Manchester City have beaten Chelsea on all four meetings this season, including a 4-0 thrashing in the FA Cup in January.

Manchester City is currently in first place with 85 points after 35 games played. Arsenal are trailing City by four points, but with only two games remaining for them, the Gunners are unlikely to catch the Citizens unless Pep Guardiola’s squad performs poorly in their remaining matches.

Chelsea, on the other hand, are in the bottom half of the table. They are at the 11th spot with just 43 points from 35 games, and the best thing they could hope for is to secure 3 victories in the remaining games to finish the season at a higher spot.


Tanzeem Rahman

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Tanzeem Rahman is a soccer writer and an editor at SportsZion. Tanzeem's love for the sport began by watching and admiring Cristiano Ronaldo in his early Manchester United days. Having graduated from Germany as an Electrical Engineer, Tanzeem has watched multiple high-profile games throughout Europe from the gallery. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as sublime english proficiency has been an asset to SportsKnot. Outside of his duty, Tanzeem is a gamer, and loves to spend time watching Anime and reading Manga.


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