It has been reported that a Chelsea midfielder suffered a muscle injury during training, delivering a significant setback for manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Chelsea secured the signing of Lavia from Southampton last month for a reported fee of £58 million, narrowly beating Liverpool to his signature.
Despite his arrival, the 19-year-old has yet to make his debut for the Blues, with expectations that the Belgian international would feature after the international break.
However, recent reports indicate that Lavia has incurred an injury during training, which could potentially keep him sidelined for an extended period.
Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri confirmed this development in a tweet, stating: “Romeo Lavia just sustained an injury during today’s training session with #ChelseaFC. It appears to be a possible muscle tear at the ankle…”
Lavia now joins a growing list of first-team players dealing with injuries, including Christopher Nkunku, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, and Carney Chukwuemeka.
Fortunately, Chelsea possesses depth in their midfield options, with the earlier acquisition of Moises Caicedo from Brighton in the transfer window.
Nevertheless, supporters may have been anticipating Lavia’s introduction to provide stability at Stamford Bridge, especially after the club’s unexpected 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest in their previous Premier League match.
This defeat has left them in 12th place in the league standings, marking a less-than-convincing start to Pochettino’s managerial tenure. Chelsea is set to face Bournemouth next at the Vitality Stadium, with fans hoping for a turnaround in their form.
On a related note, Fanni Gecsek liked a post on Instagram that suggested her boyfriend (Lavia) had joined Chelsea for financial reasons, while playing for passion.