Kenedy Injury: Updates on Chelsea Youngster's Calf and Return

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured Columnist

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  Kenedy of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on September 12, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Chelsea youngster Kenedy was substituted after 70 minutes with a calf injury following an impressive display for the Blues in their 4-1 League Cup victory against Walsall on Wednesday. 

Continue for updates.


Mourinho Comments on Kenedy Knock

Friday, Sept. 25

Manager Jose Mourinho said all his players were fit for Saturday's clash with Newcastle, including Kenedy, per the team

On Sept. 24, explained why he hooked Kenedy against Walsall, per Dan Gibbs in the Express: "He was having pain in one calf, so I had to take him off, but a nice performance for him, good experience, more minutes on the pitch."

It is fortunate that it is nothing serious as Kenedy put in a fine performance in his first Chelsea start since moving to Stamford Bridge from Fluminense in the summer, scoring a goal and providing an assist, per Squawka.

He provided some genuine excitement for Chelsea's travelling fans, who have endured a tough start to the season as the Blues have struggled early on in the defence of their Premier League title.

Kenedy has played just under an hour of Premier League football this season with substitute appearances in Chelsea's defeats to Crystal Palace and Everton, per WhoScored.com.

While his performance against League One's Walsall is unlikely to have put him in line for starting spot against Newcastle United on Saturday, Mourinho may well have been planning on giving him some more minutes at St. James' Park.

However, Kenedy's calf injury may rule him out of action for the weekend, and with such a young player, Chelsea should be cautious in returning him to action too quickly. 

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