Romeo Lavia and Mykhailo Mudryk both suffered knocks in Wednesday night’s Blues victory over Crystal Palace, and Mauricio Pochettino has announced that Chelsea will evaluate both players. Noni Madueke’s late penalty gave the home team a decisive three points at Stamford Bridge.
Within the opening fifteen minutes, Mudryk gave Chelsea the lead following some excellent work from Malo Gusto on the left side. But shortly before halftime, Michael Olise, who Chelsea hoped to sign during the summer transfer window, tied the game.
After then, Chelsea dominated the second half and continued to press the Palace goal. But, the home crowd was starting to lose patience, and that’s when Madueke entered the game with around 20 minutes remaining and turned it around.
After Eberechi Eze fouled Madueke, the winger was confident enough to take the penalty kick from 12 yards out. In west London, the 21-year-old gave Dean Henderson the wrong idea to give Chelsea the maximum number of points.
But the news wasn’t all positive for the Blues. Romeo Lavia, who joined the team in the summer from Southampton and entered the game in the second half to make his eagerly anticipated debut, took a knock late in the game and will now be evaluated.
Mudryk took a little hit as well. Before Chelsea’s Saturday afternoon journey to Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town, the two will be evaluated by the team’s medical experts.
Romeo Lavia and Mudryk both need to be evaluated,” Pochettino stated. When questioned about Lavia’s condition, the head coach of Chelsea said, “He feels something, some issue.” We must investigate and pray it’s not [bad].
“I’m a little anxious. I’m not sure because, if you saw the game [against Crystal Palace], you would not have understood why I moved Lavia about at the end since he was having trouble running. We’ll observe the situation.
“Hopefully, it won’t be a major problem and he can play with us once more. A key player who will heal, it will be unfortunate if we are unable to employ him in the upcoming games.”
When Chelsea visits Kenilworth Road, Pochettino will be hoping to use both to break their dismal recent away performance. Since defeating a nine-man Tottenham team at the start of November, Chelsea has not triumphed away from home.