Finally the real reason for Marc Cucurella’s absence for Chelsea against Crystal Palace has been revealed.
However, Ben Chilwell came in for the Spaniard as Graham Potter registered his first win in his maiden Premier League match as head coach for the Blues in a 2-1 win over Palace.
However, Much of the speculation before the game came through Cucurella’s absense as Potter confirmed an illness.
“We have a bit of illness with Marc Cucurella,” Potter confirmed on Friday.
The extent of his illness has now been revealed following Chelsea’s victory at Selhurt Park.
As reported by Nathan Gissing, Cucurella had a throat problem.
He was unavailable for selection for Chelsea due to currently being in hospital.
It has also been revealed that he is expected to return for Chelsea next week.
It remains unclear as to whether he will be in contention to face AC Milan at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League, but he should return in time to face Wolves in the Premier League.
This comes as a boost to Chelsea, who could also see Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante return next week.
The Blues will be hoping to push one when their injured players return as they look to compete on all fronts this season.