Injury-hit Chelsea wait on scans to assess Roméo Lavia’s ankle issue | Chelsea

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Chelsea are waiting on the results of a scan on Roméo Lavia after their new midfielder suffered an ankle injury in training.

Lavia, who joined Chelsea for £58m last month, is being assessed after he picked up the knock during a training session on Thursday. The 19-year-old is yet to make an appearance for his new side and has focused on building up his fitness since leaving Southampton.

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Chelsea, who beat Liverpool to the signing of Lavia, hope that the injury is not serious. They have been plagued by fitness issues during the past 12 months and Mauricio Pochettino’s first months as the Stamford Bridge club’s head coach have been complicated by a number of players suffering injury setbacks.

Pochettino’s plans were hit by Christopher Nkunku being ruled out for 16 weeks after the £58m forward underwent surgery on a knee injury during pre-season. The France centre-back Wesley Fofana is expected to be out for the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the summer.

Chelsea’s problems continued after the new campaign began. Their captain, Reece James, is out with a hamstring injury and has not played since Pochettino’s side drew with Liverpool on the opening weekend.

Trevoh Chalobah, the 24-year-old centre-back is out with a muscle problem and Carney Chukwuemeka, the 19-year-old midfielder, was ruled out for six weeks after injuring a knee during last month’s defeat to West Ham. Armando Broja and Benoît Badiashile are working their way back from long-term issues. Mykhailo Mudryk was a doubt for last weekend’s defeat to Nottingham Forest.

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