Chelsea injury woes worsen as Graham Potter loses latest key player

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Chelsea head coach Graham Potter has confirmed Jorginho is a doubt for Thursday’s Carabao Cup clash against Manchester City. The 30-year-old midfielder has joined a growing list of injury casualties at Stamford Bridge ahead of the World Cup break.

Chelsea travel to Man City in the Carabao Cup third round as Potter pursues his first piece of silverware since replacing Thomas Tuchel. But the Blues will be without a handful of key players, and Jorginho, a crucial fixture in midfield, has joined the list of absentees.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s trip to the Etihad Stadium, Potter provided a positive update on Reece James. However, he didn’t offer supporters news they wanted to hear about Kepa Arrizabalaga and revealed Chelsea had added Jorginho to the injury list.

He told reporters: “No miracles, unfortunately not. They’re progressing well. Reece [James] was outside today having a little jog. Jorginho [has a] slight problem with his foot [and is] doubtful for tomorrow. Kepa [Arrizabalaga] is still unavailable. We’ll see [if he plays before the World Cup]. He’s got to take it day by day. It’s not so positive.”

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Talented young quartet Bashir Humphreys, Lewis Hall, Omari Hutchinson and Mason Burstow are regulars in Mark Robinson’s Chelsea U21 side. However, none featured in Monday’s 3-0 Premier League 2 win against Tottenham Hotspur.

And Potter has revealed that after being among the substitutes against Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal, respectively, Hutchinson and Hall would feature in his travelling squad. “He’s in the squad [Hutchinson]. Lewis Hall is in the squad. They’ve impressed, and they’re in the squad and will be involved,” Potter explained.

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