Friday 18 August 2017

Chelsea face defensive crisis despite allaying Luiz concerns

Doubts over David Luiz and John Terry mean Gary Cahill may have to play against Wolves. Photo: PA
Doubts over David Luiz and John Terry mean Gary Cahill may have to play against Wolves. Photo: PA

Matt Law

David Luiz will be rested for Chelsea's FA Cup fifth-round clash at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday and the club will continue to assess his knee problem before restarting their Premier League title push against Swansea City.

The central defender sparked fears that he could be set for an extended spell on the sidelines after posting a picture of him on social media in hospital gowns and a picture of a needle with the message 'Let's do it'.

Chelsea have dampened those concerns, claiming that the club's medical team treated Luiz on Sunday night after returning from the draw at Burnley purely as part of the ongoing management of his knee problem.

The 29-year-old struggled with the issue against Burnley on Sunday and limped off at full-time before being treated that evening.

Captain John Terry's involvement against Wolves is also in doubt after he shared a video on Instagram of his ankle being stitched up after suffering a training-ground injury.

Doubts over Luiz and Terry mean Gary Cahill may have to play against Wolves. Cahill was rested from the last Cup game against Brentford.

Following the Wolves clash, league leaders Chelsea have a run of five Premier League games, against Swansea, West Ham, Watford, Stoke City and Crystal Palace, in which they could effectively secure the title before facing Manchester City on April 5.

Cahill said: "Yeah, it's time to press on and it's a time where the motivation to finish the job should be there for everyone.

"We can almost see the finishing line now. We've got 13 games and it's important that we tick the games off with the right results. We should be even more focused because the games are getting closer and closer." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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