Sarri: Chelsea 'In Trouble' After Latest Injury Blow

Eden Hazard is the most fouled player in the Premier League this season

Eden Hazard is the most fouled player in the Premier League this season

Palace were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea, failing to score for the second successive match, and Hodgson's men have now found the net just 17 times across their opening 20 league fixtures.

Giroud left the field on crutches in the 76th minute after being injured by a James Tomkins tackle, while scoring an offside goal.

The Crystal Palace manager confirmed the Eagles were interested in the forward and praised his attacking strength, comments that will surely excite the Palace support.

"The problem is his ankle", said the Chelsea head coach when asked about the France international's injury. I think that, later in the evening, I will see the doctor for the first results, but I think the real result will only be known tomorrow. We are in trouble because, in January, we have to play every three days.

Coach Maurizio Sarri said the Frenchman had an ankle problem which looked set to rule him out of Wednesday's game against Southampton and adds to the team's fitness problems, particularly in attack with Pedro, Cesc Fabregas and Ruben Loftus Cheek also now sidelined.

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N'golo Kante was on target for Chelsea in the 51st minute of the game, helping his team to a good end, after an outstanding start to Sarri's life as an English Premier League manager.

In the last five minutes, Wilfried Zaha blasted over, while substitute Connor Wickham repeated the trick shortly afterwards as Palace fired another blank.

"I only didn't like that we weren't able to kill the match".

"We played against a unsafe opponent so we had to have possession, we played well in the first 45 minutes and even better in the second half, the only thing I didn't like is that we didn't kill the match off", added the Italian. We now need continuity because in the last five matches we played very well in three, and badly in two, so now is the moment to have continuity.

"I thought he was a good signing from Liverpool's point of view, but he's been kept out of the team by some very strong players".

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