Injuries continue to mount for Chelsea as Jorginho has become the latest player to pick up a knock ahead of April’s clash with West Brom.
The Blues face the Baggies after the international break as they look to maintain their unbeaten record under new boss Thomas Tuchel.
Thiago Silva is currently sidelined with a long-term injury and Jorginho could also miss the game following an update from Italy boss Roberto Mancini.
🎙️ #Mancini: "We're missing #Jorginho, #Cristante will probably return home and we'll see what happens with the Inter guys. We have a couple of problems in midfield."#WCQ #VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/5Tvv6nTlDx
— Italy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@azzurri) March 22, 2021
This means Jorginho will be a doubt for Albion’s trip to Stamford Bridge which is a boost for our defenders and Sam Johnstone.
Jorginho is the penalty taker in chief at Chelsea thanks to his excellent conversion rate and unique run-up.
In what is another boost to Albion, The Sun have reported that Tammy Abraham’s recovery from an ankle knock is not going well and he is also listed as a doubt for April’s clash.
While Chelsea still have plenty of quality players available, there is no doubting our defence will have a slightly easier time of it without Jorginho and Abraham available.
One of our more positive performances this season came against the Blues at the start of the season as we scored three first-half goals in the Hawthorns clash.
Of course, the flip side of that is that we conceded three goals in the second half and only walked away with a point.
Ignoring the circumstances, a draw against Chelsea is a good result though they look like a different beast under Tuchel.
We’ll be up against it at the Bridge but we can at least make a good account of ourselves and try to get a couple of goals.
We’ve done it before this season and we can do it again.
At least Johnstone should have an easier time of it with Jorginho and Abraham looking like they’ll be out.
In other West Brom news, Kevin Phillips has reacted to a huge development on Big Sam’s future at The Hawthorns.