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Chelsea’s next opponent plugged with “a real bad virus”, confirms manager

Chelsea’s next opponent plugged with “a real bad virus”, confirms manager

According to the Evening Standard, Bournemouth has been infected by a virus prior to their match against Chelsea, as the club’s return to the Premier League nears.

The Cherries, who fell to Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, have had a difficult last 10 days due to an illness that has swept among the group.

On December 27, Chelsea will host them at Stamford Bridge for their first league encounter of the second half of this season (Tuesday).

Here’s what Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil said regarding this issue (h/t Evening Standard):

“We’ve had a tricky last 10 days.

“A real bad virus went through the group, so we’ll have to make a few last-minute calls on a few. The boys, some of them have missed real long spells with it, so up to 10 days.”

It doesn’t sound good when a virus spreads and prevents several players from preparing for the game. With the Chelsea match coming up in six days, the Cherries are hoping this issue goes away and they are better prepared for the match than they were against Newcastle.

Armando Broja suffered a season-ending injury against Aston Villa in a friendly, while Wesley Fofana had a potential knee injury against Brentford in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

The eighth-placed Chelsea sit eight points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with a game in hand. With 17 goals scored in 14 games throughout the first half of the season, scoring was a concern. This is the performance of a mid-table squad, not a contender for the Champions League.

After not having a preseason with Graham Potter because he was hired in September, the midseason training camp would have helped the team comprehend the manager’s playing philosophies more than they did during the whirlwind of games.

Chelsea’s next opponent plugged with “a real bad virus”, confirms manager

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