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EPL: Pochettino confirms Chukwuemeka injury blow after West Ham defeat

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Chelsea manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has confirmed that Carney Chukwuemeka picked up an injury during their 3-1 defeat at West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.

It is reported that the player left the London Stadium on crutches.

“We need to assess him tomorrow,’ Pochettino told reporters.

“There will be an assessment tomorrow with the doctor. We hope it’s not a big issue, but we need to wait.”

Chukwuemeka joined the Blues from Aston Villa last season.

The England U-20 international started the 1-1 draw against Liverpool last week and was given the same opportunity at the London Stadium.

Nayef Aguerd nodded West Ham into a seventh-minute lead, taking advantage of some non-existent Chelsea marking to head home debutant James Ward-Prowse’s inch-perfect corner kick, before Carney Chukwuemeka – later subbed with a knee injury – levelled with a delicious strike, the 19-year-old’s first in the Premier League.

In fact, the Blues – who resisted the temptation to hand Moises Caicedo his debut after his recent British-record transfer from Brighton – really should have gone in ahead at the break, only for Enzo Fernandez to see his poorly struck penalty saved by Alphonse Areola on the stroke of half-time.

That proved key as against the run of play, Michail Antonio slammed the hosts back in front eight minutes after half-time and despite Aguerd then seeing red midway through the second half after a second yellow, the Hammers held on for a rousing win, sealed by Lucas Pacqeta’s stoppage-time penalty after a foul by Caicedo on Emerson.