Sport Cahill injury not serious, Conte claims

21:25  13 january  2018
21:25  13 january  2018 Source:   Goal.com

Chelsea captain Cahill forced off with hamstring injury

  Chelsea captain Cahill forced off with hamstring injury Gary Cahill's return to Chelsea's starting XI lasted just 33 minutes as a hamstring injury saw him make way for Andreas Christensen.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.

hamstring injury sustained by Chelsea captain Gary Cahill against Leicester City is not serious , according to head coach Antonio Conte . "I think he is with the doctor now, but it's OK, I do not think it was serious ," he told the BBC.

The Chelsea boss does not expect the defender to be ruled out for long after he injured his right hamstring Saturday.

CahillConte - cropped: Chelsea captain Gary Cahill (L) and Antonio Conte (R) © Provided by Goal Chelsea captain Gary Cahill (L) and Antonio Conte (R)

The hamstring injury sustained by Chelsea captain Gary Cahill against Leicester City is not serious, according to head coach Antonio Conte.

The Italian made just two changes from the side that started the EFL Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal on Wednesday, with Cahill, one of those who returned to the first XI, hobbling off in the 33rd minute.

Andreas Christensen replaced him in defence, but Conte does not expect the skipper to be ruled out long term.

"I think he is with the doctor now, but it's OK, I do not think it was serious," he told the BBC.

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The hamstring injury sustained by Chelsea captain Gary Cahill against Leicester City is not serious , according to head coach Antonio Conte . "I think he is with the doctor now, but it's OK, I do not think it was serious ," he told the BBC.

Gary Cahill was taken off injured on 33 minutes and Conte continued: “I think he is with the doctor now, but it’s okay, I do not think it was serious .”

Leicester's relentless pressing made it difficult for the Blues to create opportunities, even after they were reduced to 10 men following the second yellow card shown to Ben Chilwell.

Eden Hazard was unable to make an impact before being replaced ahead of the hour mark, while Alvaro Morata did not have a single shot at goal.

The result represented the first time Chelsea have drawn three straight matches 0-0 in their history, and Conte blamed fatigue rather than singling out the misfiring Morata.

"I think we played with a lot of top players against Arsenal, and then again today against a very good team. I think a lot of our players were tired," the Italian said.

"In the first half Leicester ran more than us, they played better than us, but we knew we were playing against a good opponent, maybe the worst opponent we could have played in this moment. We suffered a lot in the first half.

"I don't think it is only Morata's problem, also the other players, because we are not scoring goals, we are not conceding, but we are not creating chances."

Conte looking to hand Barkley debut quickly .
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is hoping to hand Ross Barkley his debut for the club as quickly as he can. Conte has revealed that Barkley is currently undergoing training sessions with the fitness coach in a bid to speed up his return to full fitness. Barkley is yet to make a senior appearance this season, having been injured for the first-half of the season. Speaking to The Evening Standard, Conte said this: “My hope is to have this player very quickly. On Saturday he started to have a training session with the fitness coach.” “It’s important for me to see him, to understand his physical condition, to improve his physical condition, to work with us, into our ideas.” “From Monday I’ll see him and then we’ll start to prepare a programme, a plan to have him very good.” The midfielder completed a £15m move to Chelsea last Friday from Everton, for whom he was injured for. Chelsea were interested in signing Barkley last summer but the nature of his injury, and Everton’s asking price, seemingly delayed the move until January. Barkley returned to training late last month, but could still take a few weeks before making his debut for Chelsea.

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