Kalidou Koulibaly is a major doubt for Chelsea’s Champions League trip to Red Bull Salzburg as he misses training, after sitting out draw with Man United due to a knee injury
- The defender was missing from the club’s opening training session on Monday
- Kalidou Koulibaly missed the draw with Manchester United due to knee problem
- Looks set to be absent for the trip to Austria as Chelsea look to qualify for last 16
Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly is a major doubt for this week’s Champions League tie against Red Bull Salzburg.
The Senegalese, who joined this summer from Napoli, missed Saturday’s clash with Manchester United and looks set to be absent again after missing Monday’s open training session.
It is a blow for Graham Potter’s side, who will qualify this week should they win in Austria.
Kalidou Koulibaly missed Saturday’s draw with Man United and was missing from training
Chelsea, already shorn of N’Golo Kante and Reece James for the foreseeable future, will be hoping the knee injury is nothing serious entering into a hectic period ahead of the World Cup in November.
Mounting injuries leave Chelsea manager Potter with a gradually thinning squad as the Blues look to cement their place in the top four ahead of the season breaking on November 13.
Koulibaly has proven to be an important player in Potter’s side since the manager arrived from Brighton at the start of September.
Chelsea players trained ahead of Tuesday night’s crucial tie against Red Bull Salzburg
Having been left out of the starting XI for the fixture against the Austrian outfit at Stamford Bridge, he played 90 minutes in both games against AC Milan.
However, Potter revealed that towards the end of the Brentford game Koulibaly ‘felt something’ in the back of his knee and as a result could not be risked against United.
It appears that Chelsea will now be without him for a second consecutive game as they look to get back to winning ways after two draws in the Premier League.
Edouard Mendy was all smiles in training despite having lost his place in recent weeks
Graham Potter will be looking to manage his squad after Koulibaly’s injury added to their woes
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be looking to add to his two goals in Europe for Chelsea so far
The squad went through their final preparations before they headed to Austria to look to wrap up qualification with a game to spare
Centre back Wesley Fofana, meanwhile, continues his rehab after injuring his knee against AC Milan at the beginning of the month.
The defender was forced off before half-time against the Italian champions in one of only two appearances he’s made under Potter so far.
It is hoped the France defender could be fit in time for the World Cup.