Mauricio Pochettino will trust that his Chelsea players get back from international obligation unscathed with a huge clash against Arsenal in the weekend.
Chelsea’s Cole Palmer has returned prematurely from international duty with England’s Under-21 team due to a dead leg injury.
Palmer was part of the squad led by manager Lee Carsley and played in the match against Serbia, which they won 9-1 at the City Ground.
However, it’s been reported that the 21-year-old playmaker will not be available for the upcoming match against Ukraine’s Under-21 side in Slovakia.
He didn’t travel with the team as he had sustained an injury to his right quad during the game against Serbia, prompting the decision to not risk his participation.
“Lee Carsley reveals Cole Palmer will not travel with the #ENG U21s to Slovakia to face Ukraine tomorrow night.
“Has returned to Chelsea after picking up a dead leg in his right quad during the 9-1 victory over Serbia on Thursday. Decided not to risk him.”
Palmer’s return to Chelsea generated mixed reactions from the club’s fans on social media.
Some expressed frustration at the international break for causing injuries, while others praised Lee Carsley for allowing the former Manchester City player to recover.
One fan tweeted:
“Good choice. With [Reece] James and [Benoit] Badiashile coming back we can’t start piling up injuries all over again ffs. I hate the international break.”
This fan said:
“He’s [sic] better be fine.”
And that one noted:
“What a manager Lee is we appreciate him.”