Chelsea: Romano provides update on Wesley Fofana

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Fabrizio Romano has issued an update on the injury surrounding Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, the journalist said the defender will be out for ‘three or four weeks’.

Fofana limped off the field in a friendly match against fellow Premier League side Brentford. Chelsea came out on top as 5-1 winners against the Bees, but the setback to the 22-year-old will have left a sour taste in the mouth.

The Frenchman signed last summer from Leicester City, costing the Blues around £75m.

Romano stated: “We know he’s been really unlucky with injuries in the last few years, but he’s a player Chelsea trust 100%.

“And so what I can tell you is that the feeling around the club and around the player is for Wesley Fofana to be ready in three or four weeks.

“So it’s not a super serious injury to be out many months, for example. This is why Chelsea are optimistic to have Fofana in good conditions in January.”

TIF Thoughts on Romano’s comments…

Fofana’s latest setback is a blow for Chelsea and their fans, as they’ve not been able to see much of the player since he joined in the summer. However, they’ll take comfort from the fact his injury isn’t as serious as first thought.

Fofana has only played two league matches for the Blues and featured twice in the Champions League. Before the mid-season break due to the World Cup, he missed seven Premier League fixtures due to a knee injury.

The 22-year-old has proven in the last year that he has the potential to be one of the top defenders in Europe. When compared to other centre-backs in Europe’s top competitions, Fofana ranks in the top 7% for interceptions, the top 10% for aerial duels won and the top 16% for tackles (as per FBref).

Thiago Silva has been a mainstay in the Chelsea backline, making 12 league appearances so far this season. However, the player is 38 years old and won’t last forever.

When he returns to full fitness, Graham Potter may see Fofana as one of the long-term successors to the Brazilian, so he will undoubtedly be keen to fully integrate him into the side as soon as possible.

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