Cole Palmer was substituted during England U21s’ 9-1 victory against Serbia on Thursday, which brings more concerns for Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The 21-year-old appeared to signal to the touchline that he was experiencing discomfort and was subsequently replaced in the 52nd minute. While Lee Carsley’s European champions secured a convincing win, Palmer’s injury raised alarm among Chelsea fans on social media.
This situation follows Palmer’s £42.5 million move to Stamford Bridge on the summer transfer deadline day, during which he has participated in nine games across all competitions. While the extent of his injury is still unknown, it adds to Chelsea’s ongoing injury woes at the beginning of the new season.
Fans took to social media platforms, expressing their frustrations, with one fan stating:
“Comes to Chelsea, gets injured, we are cursed.” Another fan echoed this sentiment, saying, “Chelsea, we are cursed.”
While another suggested:
“Chelsea now has an astonishing 13 or 14 injured players again. It’s time to prioritize our players’ well-being.”
Another fan questioned:
“Can’t our players finish a game without injuries?”
Palmer appeared to suffer a hamstring injury in Chelsea’s previous match against Burnley, during which he scored his debut goal for the club.
The former Manchester City player has had a promising start to his time in South West London, featuring in nearly all of Chelsea’s Premier League matches this season.
However, despite significant investments over the past year, Chelsea has had an underwhelming start to the season, currently standing 11th in the Premier League with three wins and three losses.
Pochettino is already dealing with several key players in the treatment rooms, including Ben Chilwell, Reece James, Romeo Lavia, and Mykhailo Mudryk.