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Why Graham Potter is concerned about Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana after knee injury

Robert Calcutt

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Why Graham Potter is concerned about Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana after knee injury

Chelsea boss Graham Potter has revealed his concern over Wesley Fofana following the defender’s injury against AC Milan.

The Frenchman made his third start for the Blues since his summer arrival from Leicester City, and his second in the Champions League.

In the 24th minute, Fofana scored his first goal for Chelsea as he coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net from inside the area.

However, his evening was short lived as he picked up a knee injury just a few minutes later.

Despite initially looking like he was ok to play on, the centre-back soon fell back to floor and had to be substituted off, with Trevoh Chalobah replacing him for the remainder of the 3-0 win.

He was seen leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches, but Potter does not yet know how serious the injury is.

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Speaking to the media after the win, he said: “We don't know yet. 

“That's the one disappointing thing about the evening. We need to scan, and fingers crossed. 

“I wouldn't want to speculate on it now, but we're concerned, and we need to wait for tomorrow, get it scanned and hope for the best. It is what it is."

He also added: “These things happen. He's a young guy, a strong guy. 

“We'll help him, we'll support him, but at the moment not too much to report.”

Fofana’s goal was Chelsea’s third of the night, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring his second goal for the club in the second half.

Wesley Fofana scoring his first goal for Chelsea. (Alamy)
Wesley Fofana scoring his first goal for Chelsea. (Alamy)

Reece James then added their third with a powerful strike into the roof of the net, with the Blues now second in Group E.

Potter also commented on the right wing-back, who has been in fine form for Chelsea in recent weeks.

Amid the 22-year-old’s impressive efforts for the side, the head coach said: “I think Reece is just a fantastic player, and he's a young player, so he's developing all the time.

“He'll get better and better as we go. I've really enjoyed working with him, he's got a lot to offer, he's fantastic. He could play any game in the world, he's tremendous. 

“My job is to help him reach his potential because his potential is beyond the sky.”

Chelsea will face Milan once again next week, this time at the San Siro as they enter the final three matches of the group stages of the Champions League this season.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Chelsea, Graham Potter, Wesley Fofana, Champions League, AC Milan

Robert Calcutt
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