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Wednesday, 27 March 2024 20:01

Chelsea suffer fresh injury blow as Romeo Lavia ruled out for season.

Staff Reporter.

Chelsea midfielder Romeo Lavia will miss the rest of the season after suffering a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

The Belgium international was injured during his Chelsea debut, a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in late December.

The 20-year-old former Manchester City and Southampton player joined Chelsea in August on a seven-year contract in a deal worth a reported £55 million.

Lavia played just 32 minutes on his debut in the 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge, having been signed from under the noses of Liverpool in August.

He arrived lacking match fitness after a pre-season disrupted by transfer talks before suffering a major ankle injury back in September.

Lavia also missed two months of action during Southampton's relegation battle with hamstring issues last season.

Injuries continue to plague Mauricio Pochettino, with up to eight players out of the upcoming match against Burnley.

Christopher Nkunku, Reece James, Levi Colwill, Wesley Fofana and Lesley Ugochukwu remain absent from training after significant spells out injured.