From what I could see, Joe Cole seemed to be struggling with his ankle for a while before he was replaced by Belletti early in the second half. John Terry didn’t exactly look fighting fit either, appearing to pull up around the hour mark, although true to form, there was no way he was going to leave the field prematurely.
And then of course, there was Ricardo Carvalho, who was seen limping off clutching his thigh in the closing minutes of the game.
So just a normal week for the Chelsea physio’s then.
Early reports on Ricardo Carvalho, who only returned last week after a month out anyway, suggest he’s probably in line for yet another 3 week spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
So it’ll be fingers crossed that whatever it was that caused the pained expression on the Chelsea captain’s face against Hull isn’t anything that’ll see him go missing for the next three weeks at least.
On to Joe Cole, and the news coming out about him seems to be a little contradictory, with some reports suggesting he could’ve aggravated the ankle injury that’s seen us playing without him in recent games whilst others say he was only taken off as a precaution against further damage, with Chelsea ‘hopeful’ he could play a part against Sunderland – so as ever, until the weekend comes round and we see the eleven men on the pitch, it’s anyone’s guess who’s fit.