Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that Antonio Rudiger has suffered a recurrence of the knee problem that kept him out of action for the past fortnight. The Germany international made his injury comeback during the crunch Premier League clash against Manchester United on Sunday but unfortunately he could only last for 66 minutes before grimacing with pain over a fresh knee concern.
Speaking after the 1-1 draw against United, Sarri confirmed that Rudiger has sustained a fresh knee injury and that would certainly keep him out of the midweek Europa League semi-final clash against Eintracht Frankfurt. He added that Willian’s substitution was due to a minor knock and he should recover in time for the European clash on Thursday night, he said: “The most serious is Rudiger, his knee. I think Willian is only a knock and that we can recover him. For the next game in the Europa League I think Antonio is out.”
Meanwhile, speaking about the club’s top-four hopes, Sarri indicated that the team may have to win the remaining two games of the season, given four points could put them at the risk of dropping out of the Champions League places on goal difference, he further told: “We need two wins. With this we are sure. Four points depends on goal difference. We played the final of the League Cup. We are fighting for the top four and in semi-final of the Europa league. We have done a good season. Now we need to take two very important targets.”
Chelsea are scheduled to face Eintracht Frankfurt on the road during the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday, and Sarri will be hoping that the team can get the much-needed away goal to secure the advantage. Still, the Blues need to be wary of the Bundesliga outfit, who possess a quality frontline which includes the likes of Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic.