There was an incident between Raheem Sterling and Malo Gusto during training as Chelsea start their pre-season tour of the United States.
That is according to Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard.
What’s the story?
Well, just hours after Chelsea fans found out that Wesley Fofana had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, another injury could have occurred.
Kinsella was unable to capture footage of the moment, although he claims that Gusto – who Chelsea signed from Lyon in a £26.3m deal back in January – put in a heavy challenge on Sterling.
It is not mentioned whether the England international stayed down after the clattering, although Mauricio Pochettino will surely be keen for his players to avoid going in too strongly.
Gusto has only just started training with Chelsea after the Blues sent him back on loan to Lyon for the second half of the 2022/23 campaign.
Clearly, the France Under-21 international has not been afraid to get stuck in, as he didn’t hold back on one of the most experienced players at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea must be careful as Gusto clatters Sterling
While Sterling is presumably fine after the incident given the lack of followup coverage, this should act as a warning to Chelsea.
Pochettino already has to hunt for a new central defender after losing Fofana to injury – the Argentine also needs a new striker and should bolster his midfield department as well, while Chelsea could also do with a new goalkeeper.
That means Chelsea have a lot of work to do in the transfer market, and things would only get more difficult for those on the recruitment team at Stamford Bridge if other injuries were to occur.
Hopefully, Pochettino can keep everyone fit and safe, while also instilling a tough approach to training where nobody holds back.