Chelsea could be without one of their top stars for this weekend’s fixture. The Stamford Bridge side host old rivals Liverpool and could start the game with a Mason Mount injury. The young midfielder has been in terrific form since stepping into the Chelsea side this year, notching 3 goals in 5 appearances. Mount had a good claim to a first team place as he showed his worth to manager Frank Lampard whilst playing under him in the Championship for Derby County last season. He registered 9 goals and 5 assists in 38 second tier games last campaign.
The freshly capped international picked up an ankle injury from a bad tackle by Valencia midfielder Francis Coquelin. The Blues went on to lose the game 1-0. Mount has proved pivotal to this Chelsea side as he has sought to fill the sizeable gap left by the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid. So far he has appeared up to the task with his fine goal scoring form. If the Mason Mount injury is serious – who takes his place?
Ross Barkley is one candidate. The ex Everton midfielder provides the attacking drive that Chelsea will lose in Mount’s absence. However, Barkley is not typically a left winger. The injured Blues star has taken on the Hazard role of drifting into the middle of the pitch from the left wing. With a vital penalty miss sure to be playing on his mind, Liverpool will be rubbing their hands at the prospect of facing the ex Toffee.
Pedro could be the most likely replacement. The Spanish international has years of experience cutting in from the wing and he was the player to replace Mount on Tuesday. Playing over 80 minutes, Pedro failed to assert himself enough for Chelsea to nick a vital goal.