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Injuries bite Chelsea defence

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... and not in a good way.

Michael Regan

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After the match, Blues manager Rafa Benitez confirmed the injury, adding: "This kind of injury, at least two weeks (out)."

And he joked: "That means for us maybe 20 games or something."

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The problem now is that Cahill will be out for another 15 days at least, and Ashley the same so we have to manage with the other players.

I'm glad to see that Rafa is keeping his sense of humor, but Chelsea are now down two and a half starters (assuming that John Terry still can't play consecutive matches) from a possible starting back line.

For fantasy managers, this could be a nice opportunity to grab Ryan Bertrand on the cheap. He hasn't been a very effective fantasy player this season, but hosting a listless Sunderland side - even with a new manager - he should be value for money.