Chelsea's latest injury gives new signing a great chance to make his mark

24-year-old Chelsea player could be about to get his big opportunity at Stamford Bridge now - TCC View

Chelsea suffered more injury heartache this week when Ben Chilwell pulled up injured late in the day against Dinamo Zagreb.

The left-back suffered a hamstring injury that is almost certain to rule him out of this winter’s World Cup.

The emotion on his face was clear to see, with his luck of injuries in the last 12 months ruining his Chelsea career so far.

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While there are obviously no positives from a player suffering a serious injury, there is an opportunity for one new Chelsea signing to break out as an important player.

It’s fair to say it’s been a mixed start to life as a Blue for Marc Cucurella.

He has struggled to establish himself as the go-to left wing-back, and his time playing as a member of the back three has been far from ideal.

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Nevertheless, he is now set for a regular run in the team as the only fit left-back.

Circumstances have certainly not gone his way so far this season. He was hospitalised a for a week due to illness, where he lost a lot of weight.

His latest appearance saw him struggle on his return to Brighton, although the system left the 24-year-old isolated on a number of occasions at the back.

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He is one of the players who will be delighted by the managerial change too.

Cucurella enjoyed a very impressive spell under Graham Potter last season at the Amex, and will be hoping a run of games at Stamford Bridge will help him reach those levels again.

Unless they sign a backup in January, or potentially recall Ian Maatsen from his loan at Burnley, Cucurella is likely to have a free run at the side for a number of weeks. He will do well to prove critics wrong and take this chance.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released