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Report: Chelsea handed big injury blow, Ten Hag hands key role to Man United Tom Heaton.



Chelsea handed big injury blow

Chelsea claimed their first Champions League victory this season when they outclassed AC Milan 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Graham Potter’s side were highly impressive as three of their players were target to ease past their Italian opponents.

However, the Blues also suffered a big blow during the match as Wesley Fofana was forced off injured soon after he struck the opening goal.

It remains unclear at this stage how long he will remain sidelined due to the knee issue but manager Graham Potter conceded he is concerned about the severity of the defender’s injury.

“That’s the one disappointing thing about the evening,” Potter said (as per The Guardian). “We need to scan tomorrow and fingers crossed. I wouldn’t want to speculate on it now. But we’re concerned and we just need to wait until tomorrow and get it scanned and hope for the best.

“These things happen. He’s a young guy, he’s a strong guy, we’ll help him and support him. At the moment there’s not too much to report. Fingers crossed and we’re hoping for the best.”

Chelsea splashed an enormous £70 million to sign Fofana from Leicester City in the summer transfer window.

He has had a mixed start to life at Stamford Bridge but was impressive in the recent Champions League match before he was forced off injured.

The 21-year-old won an aerial duel, completed 100 percent of his passes and also fired the Blues’ first goal of the match.

He had the difficult task of marking Rafael Leao and he did well for the most part in his short time on the pitch.

It was a big blow for the Londoners when the centre-back couldn’t continue towards the end of the first half due to a knee injury.

Graham Potter’s side have a busy schedule this month as they will return to Premier League action on Saturday when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers before traveling to Milan for the away fixture in midweek.

They will also have to play against Aston Villa, Brentford, Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion in the English top-flight in October.

Ten Hag hands key role to Man United Heaton with no appearances since 2021

Manchester United agreed to sign free agency goalkeeper Tom Heaton in the summer of 2021.

The move bolstered United’s goalkeeper ranks, although it hasn’t been entirely necessary so far, with appearances limited.

Heaton has only played one competitive game in a Manchester United shirt since arriving, coming on as a substitute against Young Boys at Old Trafford in December 2021.

He is currently United’s third-choice goalkeeper, with Martin Dubravka signed as David de Gea’s primary backup.

Manager Erik ten Hag, on the other hand, is putting him to use in a different way.

Erik ten Hag, according to The Telegraph, regards Heaton as one of Manchester United’s dressing room leaders.

Along with captain Harry Maguire, vice-captain Bruno Fernandes, and fellow goalkeeper David de Gea, he is one of four players who form a core leadership group.

Cristiano Ronaldo is noticeably absent from the group, which is understandable given his desire to depart the club in the summer.

Heaton came off the bench against City last Saturday because Martin Dubravka was injured, though the Slovakian has since returned. Both goalkeepers have accompanied David de Gea to the Omonia game.

Ten Hag’s decision to include Heaton as a senior voice is likely wise. The veteran was a member of Sir Alex Ferguson’s academy and will be able to give some expertise on the club’s former standards.

Heaton, 36, is a former England international, and if he is unlikely to play, Ten Hag must find another way for him to contribute, and this could be it.

The contract of the backup goalkeeper expires at the end of the season, although United has the option to extend it

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