Maurizio Sarri says Chelsea are in “trouble” as they face a defensive crisis ahead of their Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Chelsea only have two fit centre-backs, David Luiz and Andreas Christensen, available for Thursday’s first leg in Germany – after Antonio Rudiger was ruled out for the remainder of the season – while Gary Cahill was not in the 19-man travelling squad.
Cahill, who has only made seven appearances this term, has been ruled out with an Achilles tendon and Sarri admitted the squad’s resources in that position are being tested.
“Cahill is out, a problem with the Achilles tendon. He is out for the moment. I hope to have him back in one week. But he is out, starting four or five days ago. So we are in trouble with the centre-backs.
“In training we played with (Cesar) Azpilicueta at centre-back, in case as he is the only one who can play there.
“It is normal, it can happen that we are in trouble. We have had a lot of games and been lucky with injuries.”
“Worried? A little.”