Joe Cole has suggested Chelsea’s Timo Werner has been “overtraining” after he sustained an injury in the Champions League victory against Malmo on Wednesday night.
It was a comfortable evening on the pitch for a Chelsea side that blew away opponents Malmo 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel’s side flexed their attacking muscles to pick up three points in the group stage match, which was thoroughly deserved. Jorginho (two), Andreas Christensen and Kai Havertz were on the scoresheet in the four-goal rout. Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante received big praise from some Chelsea fans on Twitter for his contribution.
However, two injuries put a slightly negative outlook on the result.
Werner, along with fellow Chelsea attacker Romelu Lukaku, left the pitch during the first half because of an injury.
First of all, Lukaku limped off with an ankle problem after he was fouled in the penalty box. Werner followed him later on in the first half with what looked like a hamstring problem.
Pundit and ex-Chelsea player Cole said during his half-time analysis that Werner is perhaps guilty of “overtraining”.
“A muscle injury that early in the game says to me he’s maybe been overtraining a tad trying to get himself [sharp],” Cole told BT Sport 3 (8:55pm, 20 October).
Gutted for Timo Werner injury
Werner has forced his way into Tuchel’s preferred XI in the last few games, so this hamstring problem has come at the worst time.
The 25-year-old speedster is always going to be at risk of muscle problems given how quick he moves. Hopefully, the problem is not a bad one and he’s back soon enough.
The fact he started as part of a two-man attack against Malmo shows that the manager is warming to that set-up, albeit it looks like it may be on temporary hold.
Werner can remain positive knowing he’s still a big fan favourite.
Kai Havertz needs to pounce
Havertz will have been disappointed to see Germany teammate Werner injured tonight, along with central striker Lukaku.
But, he’s secretly got to be over the moon that he’s now got a free run at the starting XI position.
It’ll be a big shock if he doesn’t start this weekend in the Premier League against Norwich City and he needs to make his mark.
His superb chipped goal against Malmo highlights the quality he’s got, but he needs consistency.
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