Two Players Injured Will Miss Start Of The Season

We knew that Remy Cabella was out for up to a couple of months with a thigh injury, as was reported a couple of days ago, and he will likely miss the start of the season.

But some additional bad news today that fellow Frenchman Manu Riviere has been flown home from the club’s tour in the United States,due to an injury he picked up last week.

It seems that Riviere suffered a knee injury and he has now left the squad in America.

manu riviere after scoring at qpr

This is what Manu Riviere does when he scores

Steve McClaren has talked about Manu’s injury to the local press accompanying the lads in America:

“He has been sent back home,” “He had a scan, knee problem.¨ “I think it’s a meniscus and needed a small operation.” “So he’s gone back.”

McClaren also gave the local press an update on Cabella’s injury to his thigh:

“We don’t know how long it is exactly.” “But just before we came away he felt something in his thigh.”

“We won’t take risks with players, and we will just have to see how long that will be.”

That’s a good last line by McClaren, because we think there were too many risks taken with injured players over the last few seasons, and especially last season, which only made things worse.

Newcastle had more injuries by far than any other Premier League club last season, in terms of the player games that were missed by first team squad players being injured.

We’ll not even mention the games that were missed through suspension – but Papiss Cisse missed 10.

In the following table, created by,  one point is given when one player misses on game through injury.

injury league

So what are Chelsea doing to keep their injuries so low?

While we know there will always be injuries picked up through a season, we are hoping they will be greatly reduced from last season, and it’s good to see the coaching staff are using ice baths as a means of cutting down on injuries.

Maybe we can be half way down that table at the end of next season?

Both Remy and Manu were on the fringe of the first team, so these injuries come at a bad time for them.

Let’s hope they are not as bad as first thought.

Comments welcome.