Chelsea Defender’s Comeback Delayed by Hamstring Setback

Pochettino remains resolute in his commitment to Chelsea's goals and the need for patience and unity during this testing period.

Benoit Badiashile has encountered a minor setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, as reported by

The 22-year-old Chelsea defender, who had been steadily progressing toward a return to first-team action, is now undergoing solitary training sessions at Cobham.

Badiashile’s initial goal was to rejoin full training alongside his first-team colleagues next week. However, this recent setback has interrupted his rehabilitation plan.

Prior to this setback, there was optimism that the Frenchman might have been included in the squad for the upcoming match against Aston Villa.

The central defender, acquired from AS Monaco during the January transfer window, has been sidelined since the latter part of the previous season due to a severe hamstring ailment.

Currently, Badiashile is among the twelve Chelsea players unavailable to manager Mauricio Pochettino due to injuries.

This rash of injuries has contributed to Chelsea’s relatively slow start to the Premier League season, amassing just five points from their opening five games.

In their recent fixture against Bournemouth, Chelsea faced a goalless draw, with audible expressions of dissatisfaction from some supporters at the game’s conclusion.

In his post-match press conference, Pochettino was questioned about his understanding of the fans’ frustration.

Pochettino acknowledged the high expectations placed on the club but pointed out the challenging circumstances they faced due to numerous player injuries.

He emphasized the importance of unity and support within the team, highlighting the difficulties they have encountered with a significant portion of their squad sidelined.

He stressed that even top teams like Manchester City and Arsenal would struggle under similar circumstances and expressed his determination to remain positive and patient.

Despite the challenges, Pochettino affirmed his belief in the team’s performance and the need to stay committed to their approach, given Chelsea’s unwavering aspiration to achieve victory.

In conclusion, Benoit Badiashile’s setback has temporarily thwarted his return to Chelsea’s first team.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino acknowledged the fans’ frustration due to high expectations but emphasized the team’s challenges with multiple injuries.

Despite the setbacks, Pochettino remains resolute in his commitment to Chelsea’s goals and the need for patience and unity during this testing period.

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