Sport Chelsea captain Cahill forced off with hamstring injury

18:46  13 january  2018
18:46  13 january  2018 Source:

Cahill lauds Barkley signing

  Cahill lauds Barkley signing Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has lauded his side’s decision to sign Ross Barkley from Everton. As quoted by the Evening Standard, Cahill hailed Chelsea’s new signing and insisted that at just £15 million, the acquisition was a bargain. “Phenomenal. It’s a great signing – a bargain. When you look at the market in this day and age, it’s a snip for a player like him. I’ve played with him, and trained with him, and I know what he’s capable of. And so does everyone else. He is capable of whatever he wants. He reminds me of Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) in terms of attributes.” “Does he have a good left foot and right foot? Is he strong, is he quick? Can he finish? Is he comfortable on the ball? He ticks all the boxes.” “Now it’s just ready for a platform for him to go out and express himself. This club will give him that, like they gave me and others. It’s down to him to take it. But it’s a very exciting signing and for the money, it has to be a bargain.” Barkley is currently recovering from a long-term injury but Antonio Conte is understood to be keen on integrating him into the Chelsea side as soon as he possibly can. Chelsea came close to landing Barkley in the summer transfer window, only for the player to pull the plug in the middle of a medical. However, he now signs a few months later for £20m less than the projected £35m fee from the late stages of the summer.

Chelsea captain Gary Cahill limped off the pitch with a hamstring problem in the first-half of the side’s clash with Leicester. — Sasha Goryunov (@Slasherrrr) January 13, 2018. Cahill ’s injury could give the centre-back a chance to work his way back into Conte’s first-team plans.

One of the best ways Leicester have been able to get at Chelsea have been with early balls over the top for Jamie Vardy -- not an unexpected route for them to use in attack — and it was on one of those forays forward from the visitors that Gary Cahill appeared to pull his hamstring as he tried to clear

GaryCahill - cropped: Chelsea captain Gary Cahill goes off injured © Provided by Goal Chelsea captain Gary Cahill goes off injured

Gary Cahill was forced off in the first half of Chelsea's Premier League clash with Leicester City on Saturday due to a hamstring injury.

Club captain Cahill returned to Antonio Conte's starting XI after sitting out the EFL Cup semi-final first-leg draw against Arsenal on Wednesday, but lasted just 33 minutes.

The England international pulled up after racing Jamie Vardy for a high ball over the Chelsea defence and hobbled off the pitch holding his right leg.

Conte turned to Andreas Christensen as his replacement, forcing David Luiz to wait even longer for his first Premier League appearance since November.

Cahill's injury will be a concern for the Blues with an FA Cup replay against Norwich City and the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Arsenal to come this month, while a Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona is on the horizon.

Team news: Celtic v Partick Thistle .
Celtic will look for his side to extend their gap at the top of the table in the Glasgow Derby against Partick Thistle at Firhill on Tuesday night. The two sides will meet next month in the Scottish Cup at Celtic Park after Sunday’s draw, as the Hoops look to move one step closer to another domestic treble. Partick Thistle beat Queen of the South in the Cup at the weekend, and have won two games in a row for just the second time this season. In their two meetings this season, Brendan Rodgers’ side have won both games, and haven’t lost to their Glasgow rivals since 1995. Celtic Stuart Armstrong, Patrick Roberts and Marvin Compper will all be out of action for up to a month with a hernia, hamstring and calf injury, respectively. Tom Rogic is still out for another six or eight weeks after he spent the Christmas break in Australia recovering from a knee injury. Leigh Griffiths is expected to return to the squad after his missed Saturday’s win with a twisted ankle. Anthony Ralston has spent the last four months on the sidelines but trained during the winter break in Dubai and could return to action in the coming games. Jonny Hayes is out for the rest of the season with a broken leg he suffered last month. Partick Thistle Callum Booth and captain Abdul Osman returned to the team at the weekend having both spent the previous five months on the sidelines through injury. Mustapha Dumbuya returned from injury and could ake his first appearance of the season having recovered from a knee injury. James Penrice is back from his loan spell at Livingston and the youngster could feature for the Jags in midweek. Christie Elliott is still recovering from a fractured ankle but is making progress towards his return.

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