Chelsea's Rudiger set to undergo surgery on knee injury

Chelsea's Rudiger set to undergo surgery on knee injury

Chelsea's Rudiger set to undergo surgery on knee injury

Maurizio Sarri admitted that he is anxious about Chelsea's defensive crisis after Antonio Rudiger's season-ending knee injury left him to face Eintracht Frankfurt with only two fit centre-backs.

César Azpilicueta, who operated on the right of a back three under Sarri's predecessor, Antonio Conte, has trained at centre-back and will stand in if either Andreas Christensen or David Luiz is ruled out.

Chelsea now have just two fit centre-backs, although full-back Cesar Azpilicueta can cover there.

Rudiger underwent surgery on his knee earlier this week and it is has been revealed that he is set to miss the remainder of the season.

Eintracht have impressed on the continent as they chase their first European final since winning the UEFA Cup - the forerunner to the current Europa League - in 1980, seeing off highly-fancied Benfica in the previous round despite having to play with 10 men for 70 minutes of the first leg. He's out at the moment and I hope to recover him in one week, but I don't know at the moment. So we are in trouble with the centre-backs. "I spoke with him yesterday and of course he is really disappointed but he has to think to return better than before".

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"We've played 58 matches and in the past we were lucky with injuries".

United fans have pretty much given up on qualifying for next season's edition of the Champions League due to their team's terrible form.

"Andreas has played 25 matches this season so he is ready", said Sarri.

Despite an indifferent season under Maurizio Sarri, the Blues are in line to finish fourth in the Premier League and win the Europa League. Christensen isn't the problem.

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