Chelsea suffer six injury blow ahead of EPL clash with Newcastle

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Chelsea suffer six injury blow ahead of EPL clash with Newcastle

Chelsea suffer six injury blow ahead of their English Premier League, EPL, clash with Newcastle United this weekend.

According to Evening Standard, Mateo Kovacic and Ethan Ampadu were the latest Blues players to pick up injuries during the international break on Sunday.

Both players lined up against each other on Sunday evening as Wales played a 1-1 draw with Croatia in a Euro 2020 qualifiers encounter.

Kovacic was replaced by Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic after a strong challenge from Tottenham’s Ben Davies, while Ampadu was replaced by Bristol City’s Joe Morrell just three minutes into the second half after a hard tackle from Bruno Petkovic.

However, Chelsea defender, Andreas Christensen sustained a groin injury during Denmark’s 1-0 win over Switzerland.

Chelsea youngers, Reece James and Trevor Chalobah withdrew from the England Under-21 squad last week ahead of their matches against Slovenia and Austria due to ‘fitness concerns’.

Midfielder, N’Golo Kante picked up a groin injury in the warm-up before France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Iceland on Friday.

ABOUT MATEO KOVACIC

Mateo Kovačić (Croatian pronunciation: [matěo kǒʋatʃitɕ] born 6 May 1994) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Chelsea and the Croatia national team. Kovačić is usually deployed as a central midfielder or deep-lying playmaker, but he is considered to be a versatile midfielder, having played in different positions and adapted to playing either wide on the left or as an attacking midfielder.

Kovačić began his professional career with Dinamo Zagreb at the age of 16, with whom he won two consecutive league titles, before joining Inter in 2013. After the 2014–15 season, he moved to Real Madrid, where he won the Champions League on three occasions. He joined Chelsea on one-year loan in 2018, winning Europa League in the process. A full Croatian international since 2013, Kovačić represented the nation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, including a runner’s up finish in the latter tournament. He is nicknamed Il Professore (The Professor)

ABOUT ETHAN AMPADU

Ethan Kwame Colm Raymond Ampadu (born 14 September 2000) is a professional footballer who plays as a centre back or defensive midfielder for German club RB Leipzig, on loan from Chelsea, and the Wales national team. He made his senior debut for Wales in November 2017. Ampadu previously played for Exeter City, where he became the youngest player to appear for the club’s first team, aged 15.

Club career

Born in Exeter, Devon, Ampadu is the son of former professional footballer Kwame Ampadu.A product of the Exeter City youth academy, making an appearance for the under-18 squad at the age of 14, he made his senior debut—aged 15 years 10 months and 26 days—in an EFL Cup first round match against Brentford at St James Park on 9 August 2016, playing the full 120 minutes of a 1–0 victory. He became the club’s youngest ever player, breaking an 87-year-old record set by Cliff Bastin, and being named man of the match. Ampadu’s record was beaten by Ben Chrisene in August 2019. A week later, he made his league debut in a 1–0 home defeat against Crawley Town in EFL League Two Chelsea suffer six injury

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