Antonio Conte has been handed yet another injury scare leading up to Chelsea's game against West Bromwich Albion after the ongoing international break as Tiemoue Bakayoko went down in training and limped off the pitch on Friday (10 November).
This is the second injury blow to Chelsea in as many days after striker Michy Batshuayi was sent back from the Belgium squad after he aggravated a foot injury he has been carrying.
The striker failed to train with the Roberto Martinez's squad leading up to their game against Mexico on Friday, which they drew 3-3 and was sent back to Stamford Bridge to continue his recovery process.
Bakayoko, on the other hand, had remained in London after he was not called up by the French squad for their games against Wales and Germany. According to the Sun, he was taking part in a one-on-one session and broke down during the sprint shuttles.
The report claims that he limped back to the dressing room for further treatment, but the extent of the injury is not clear. Conte will be sweating over his fitness as a number of Chelsea players have suffered muscle injuries recently.
The Italian coach will hope that it is only a minor knock as Chelsea face a busy schedule after the international break. After their clash against West Brom on 18 November they travel to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag in the Champions League which is followed by a trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool.
Bakayoko partnered N'Golo Kante at the heart of the Chelsea midfield during their recent win over Manchester United and Conte is likely to deploy him in a similar role in the upcoming games.
However, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes Chelsea made a mistake in loaning Ruben Loftus-Cheek to Crystal Palace as he is better than Bakayoko, who was signed in a £40m deal from Monaco this summer.
Loftus-Cheek put in a man of the match performance on his England debut against Germany on Friday (10 November) and Wright feels that the midfielder deserved a chance in the Blues' first-team.
"I watched Bakayoko the other day up front or playing further forward against Manchester United and he never done anything in that game that made me think that he's a better player than Loftus-Cheek," Wright told ITV Sport after England's draw against Germany, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"Now I'm not knocking Chelsea because Chelsea can do whatever they want but the fact is that surely you've got to give the guy a chance. I've seen him and he's better than Bakayoko for me," the former Gunners forward added.